Karnataka Crisis Live Updates
11:55 AM | We have confidence that the MLAs will be with us. I hope they will come back and withdraw their resignations: Karnataka minister, Congress leader DK Shivakumar
11:40 AM | Siddaramaiah requests the speaker to disqualify a minimum two of the 16 rebel MLAs
Siddaramaiah requests Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to disqualify at least two of the 16 rebel MLAs. Ramesh Jarkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathhalli are likely to face disqualification.
11:35 AM | SC asks rebel MLAs to appear before Karnataka Speaker by 6 PM
Supreme Court ordered rebel MLAs to appear before the Karnataka Speaker by 6 PM.
The Congress on Wednesday evening protested the detention of senior Karnataka Congress leader and Minister D.K. Shivakumar, Maharashtra Congress Deputy Leader in Assembly Naseem Khan, Mumbai Congress leader Milind M. Deora and others by the police.
The Congress leaders were taken into custody outside Hotel Renaissance here, before they could intervene to resolve the political crisis in Karnataka. Ten rebel MLAs of Karnataka’s Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition government are holed up at the Mumbai hotel since they resigned on Saturday.
The Mumbai Police, which said it had imposed prohibitory orders around the hotel premises, whisked them off in waiting vans to a guest house inside the University of Mumbai’s Kalina Campus.
State Youth Congress President Satyajeet Tambe said the police was adopting high-handed tactics and even caned the party workers outside the hotel.
“We are waiting outside the university guest house, but nobody is permitted to meet the leaders. Now, we hear Shivakumar may be sent back to Bengaluru in a private flight by the police,” Tambe said in a statement.
A delegation of city Congress leaders will call on Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve to lodge a protest against what they termed was “unlawful detention” of the leaders.
Earlier, ex-Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam who was also present outside the hotel, slammed the city police for stopping Shivakumar and others and later detaining them.
“I condemn the Mumbai Police for stopping Shivakumar. This is not the culture of Maharashtra to treat an honourable minister of a state,” Nirupam said.