The political drama in Karnataka has reached Mumbai after rebel MLAs staying in a hotel in the city approached the police fearing threat to their lives ahead of the visit of JD(S) leader and Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar. The Mumbai police deployed its personnel after the rebel MLAs wrote saying they feared threat to their lives.
Following this, a massive showdown took place after DK Shivakumar reached the Renaissance hotel where the rebel MLAs are living currently amid heavy police presence. Protestors who are supporters of rebel MLA Narayan Gowda gathered and shouted 'Shivakumar, go back.' Shivakumar was escorted back by the police. The police also stopped him from entering the hotel.
Before being taken back from the hotel Shivakumar spoke to the media about the intention behind his visit. "I will contact them. I have been invited by them who are inside the room. those who are inside they gave us a call and said rescue us. My friends are staying here. There has been a small problem, we've to hold negotiations. We can't go for a divorce immediately. There is no question of threatening, we love and respect each other... We have booked a room there. How can I be a threat to them? I don't have weapons, I only have a heart. I am here to exchange heart with my friends," he said. "They are not allowing me outside. Police is not allowing due to security threat...," he added saying that it was due to the orders of the BJP government in Maharashtra
The spooked rebel MLAs had approached the police in Powai, Mumbai earlier on Tuesday saying that they fear for their lives. This comes after the news of desperate Congress-JD(S) attempt to bring back the MLAs camping in Mumbai into their fold. Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar are leaving for Mumbai to hold talks with the rebel MLAs.
The letter signed by 10 MLAs said they have heard that Kumaraswamy , Shivkumar and others are going to storm the hotel premises they are staying in and they feel threatened by this. The letter stated that the MLAs were not willing to meet the two leaders and wanted the police not to allow them to enter the hotel premises. The signatories of the letter are Shivram Hebbar, Pratap Gowda Patil, B C Patil, Byrati Basavraj, S T Somshekar, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Gopalaiyya, H Vishwanath, Narayan Gowda and Mahesh Kumutali. "Someone told us that CM Kumaraswamy and DK Shivkumar will forcebly take rebel MLAs back due to which we have complained. We will go when the Speaker summons us," Narayan Gowda said.