2 more Congress legislators submit resignation, deepen Karnataka’s political crisis

In a new twist to the Karnataka drama, rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs moved the Supreme Court today against the Speaker, alleging that he has failed in his “constitutional duty” by not accepting their resignations. Earlier, Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who reached Mumbai in the morning to meet the rebels, was forced to return from the hotel by the police after he was greeted with ‘go back’ slogans. Shivakumar said, “Nothing is permanent in politics.

There’re no friends and no enemies. Anyone can turn at any moment. I’m trying to contact them (rebel MLAs).I’ll get a call. Their heart is beating to meet their friend.”

Later in the day, two more Congress MLAs tendered their resignation to the Speaker. They were MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar, who had also failed to attend the CLP meeting on Tuesday. So far, 16 Congress-JDS lawmakers have resigned from the Assembly.

Ten rebel MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) combine had written to the Mumbai police commissioner expressing fears of a threat to their lives during the visit of Shivakumar and a JD(S) leader to the city today. The letter signed by 10 MLAs said they have heard that Shivakumar 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.

The copies of the letter have been marked to Zone 10 deputy commissioner of police, senior inspector of Powai police station and the management of the hotel they are staying in.

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