BJP activists protest against Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) government, demanding resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, at Chikmagalur district on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Crisis Updates: 10 Rebel Karnataka MLAs Of Congress And JD(S) Move Supreme Court

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10 Rebel Karnataka MLAs Of Congress And JD(S) Move Supreme Court

Ten rebel Karnataka MLAs of Congress and JD(S) today moved the Supreme Court, alleging that the Assembly Speaker has been deliberately not accepting their resignations.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, and assured him that it will see whether their petition can be listed for an urgent hearing tomorrow.

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Shivakumar Prevented From Entering Hotel Where Rebel MLAs Put Up

High drama was witnessed outside a hotel after DK Shivakumar was prevented from entering the premises where the rebel MLAs are stationed. Shivakumar, who was accompanied by senior JD(S) MLAs, told reporters that he had booked a room in the hotel but was not being permitted inside.

On Tuesday midnight, 10 of the 12 MLAs put up in the luxury hotel in Powai wrote to Mumbai Police, saying they feared a threat to their lives, and asked that Shivakumar be prevented from entering the hotel.

"We have received a letter from the rebel MLAs," a senior police official said.

Shivakumar, the Congress troubleshooter, said he will not leave without meeting the MLAs. "I only have a heart that I have come to extend to my friends...politics is an art of possibility," he said.

There was a massive police presence outside the hotel where a group was seen shouting "Shivakumar go back".

"I am not afraid of slogans against me. Not being permitted inside because of security threat. I have a lot of respect for the Maharashtra government. I don't have weapons," Shivakumar said.

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Congress Leader Shivakumar Arrives In Mumbai To Meet Rebel MLAs

Senior Congress leader and Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar arrived in Mumbai Wednesday morning to make a last ditch attempt to pacify the rebel MLAs stationed here at a luxury hotel.

On his arrival, Shivakumar told reporters, "Let the Mumbai police or any other force be deployed. We have come to meet our friends. We are born together in politics and will die together."

12 MLAs — seven of Congress, three of JD(S) and two Independents are in the city since Saturday after resigning from the membership of the assembly and withdrawing support to the state's coalition government.

Late midnight, ten of the MLAs wrote to the police fearing threat to their lives and asked that Shivkumar be prevented from entering the hotel where they are put up.

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BJP To Stage Dharna On July 10, Demand CM's Resignation

The Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka has decided to stage a dharna in Bengaluru on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The party claims that Kumaraswamy has lost majority after 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) quit.

"I have held discussions with our legislators and we have decided to hold a protest in front of the Gandhi statue at 11 a.m. demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy who has lost majority," party state unit Chief BS Yeddyurappa told reporters.

The former Chief Minister has been holding a series of meetings with party leaders at his residence since morning on the ongoing political developments and BJP's plan of action. According to sources, Yeddyurappa is expected to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

BJP's protest comes a day after Congress leaders, including AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah staged a dharna in front of the Gandhi statue, accusing the party of trying to destabilize the government by undemocratic means, using money and political power.

In a blow to the Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government, the number of coalition MLAs who have resigned has increased to 14, with the addition of R Roshan Baig on Tuesday. Of the 14 MLAs,11 are from Congress and three from JD(S).

Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP leaders,led by party state General Secretary Arvind Limbavali went to the office of the Speaker Ramesh Kumar to meet him, but he was not there. Speaking to reporters, Limbavali said they had come to meet him regarding the assembly session,starting from July 12.

"But the Speaker has told us he is away, so we will seek an appointment once again and meet him." PTI

Karnataka CM Tells JD(S) MLAs To Stay At Bengaluru Club For 4 Days

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has suggested JD(S) MLAs to be at Prestige Golfshire Club in Bengaluru for at least four days, amid an unravelling Karnataka political crisis. ANI

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