In a bizarre twist to the Karnataka Crisis, Congress leader Mani Shankar on Wednesday, has found a positive outcome out of the chaos, suggesting that the adamant Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who is currently camped outside the Rennaisance hotel to meet the rebel JD(S)-Congress MLAs, is a suitable candidate for the Congress party president post as he possesses the bravery to teach Modi and his team a lesson.
Currently, the rebel MLAs camped in the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai have approached the Supreme Court accusing the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar of abandoning his constitutional duty and delaying acceptance of their resignations, with Supreme Court Advocate Mukul Rohatgi set to represent them in the apex court.
Meanwhile, Congress leader D K Shivakumar reached Mumbai and is currently camping outside the Rennaisance hotel, after being denied entry into the hotel by the Mumbai Police. In contrast, the rebel MLAs have denied to meet Shivakumar and have approached the police fearing threat to their lives.
Earlier in the day, as Shivakumar arrived in Powai, he was greeted by protestors supporting rebel MLA Narayan Gowda, chanting 'Shivakumar, go back.' Shivakumar was escorted back by the police. Police has imposed Section 144, in Powai Police station limits with effect from July 9 to July 12 (both dates inclusive) because of "likelihood of breach of peace & disturbance of public tranquility", as protestors continue to crowd in front of the Renaissance hotel.
On the other hand with BJP having 107 MLAs in support is demanding Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy's resignation so that a BJHP gpovermnnmert can be formed at the state.
While Congress faces turmoil in Karnataka, the party also struggles on a national level with the dilemma over the appointment of a new party chief following the dramatic resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the post, taking responsibility for the dismal performance of the Congress which managed to get only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Congress leader and Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday, called for a leader from the young clan to take over as the party president.
Following this call by Singh, General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter and announced his resignation from the post taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha loss. Similarly, Congress Mumbai chief Milind Deora also issued his resignation saying that he was looking forward to playing a national role in Delhi, stirring speculations over his entry in the race for the top post of the president of the Congress party. 48-year-old Jyotiraditya Scindia and 41-year-old Sachin Pilot are the front runners for the post, as per sources.