Bengaluru: The political drama in Karnataka moved to the doorstep of a plush hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday after senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar was denied entry into the premises where the dissident legislators were holed up.
At least 10 legislators from the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) are lodged in the Renaissance hotel in Powai and have refused to meet Shivakumar.
The rebel legislators had even written to Mumbai police commissioner to disallow Shivakumar’s entry into the hotel. The letter said Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Shivakumar and others are likely to "storm into the hotel".
"We do not want to meet him, kind request to help us in this matter and do not allow them to enter the hotel premises," the letter, signed by all 10 legislators was given to the police.
"I don't have any weapons, only a heart," Shivakumar said, while waiting outside the hotel despite a confirmed booking, the hotel later informed Shivakumar that his booking has been cancelled.
Meanwhile, rebel Congress legislator Ramesh Jarkiholi told reporters inside the hotel that none of the MLAs were interested in meeting Shivakumar, who was asked to return to Bengaluru.
Jarkiholi said there was no question of taking back resignations and added that another four MLAs would put in their papers today.
A total of 14 legislators from Congress and JD(S) have resigned since 1 July and another two independent MLAs have withdrawn support to the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government that is staring at the possibility of a collapse if the resignations are accepted.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is holding demonstrations in Bengaluru demanding Kumaraswamy step down, as the coalition does not have the numbers to remain in power. The BJP feigned ignorance of the resignation drama, but the coalition holds the saffron party solely responsible for the whole episode.