Rebel Karnataka MLAs Allege Threat from Congress Leaders, Ask Mumbai Police for Security
In the letter to Mumbai police chief, the rebel MLAs said they have 'absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress dignitary'.
Dissident MLAs from JD(S) and Congress leave Raj Bhavan after meeting with Karnataka Governor Vajuibhai Vala in Bengaluru on July 6, 2019. (PTI)
Mumbai: The rebel Karnataka MLAs staying at a Mumbai hotel have written to the city police chief, saying they don’t want to meet Mallikarjun Kharge or any other Congress leader.
There have been speculations that Kharge, some other senior Congress leaders and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy may visit Hotel Renaissance in Powai where the rebel legislators are put up.
In the letter to Mumbai police chief, the rebel MLAs said they have "absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress dignitary". The MLAs said they feel threatened, and requested the police to stop any Congress leader from meeting them.
Fifteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka, including those of the Congress, JD(S) and Independents, are staying at the hotel here.
Leaders of the crisis-hit ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka on Sunday held hectic parleys to discuss the future course of action to save the government. The embattled leaders continued with efforts to woo back some legislators who have resigned, ahead of Kumaraswamy's trust vote expected this week.
However, the rebel legislators, who are camping in Mumbai, made it clear that they were united and "firm" on their resignations.
The Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning from their Assembly memberships. Two Independent MLAs have also withdrawn support to the state government and are supporting the opposition BJP.
The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 116 (Congress 78, JD(S) 37 and BSP one), besides the Speaker. With the support of two Independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will be reduced to 100. The Speaker has a vote too.
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