Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who was taken into the preventive custody following his attempt to meet the rebel MLAs, who are currently lodged in Bengaluru's Ramada Hotel, has now been taken to the DCP office, he tweeted on Monday morning.
Earlier in the day, Singh sat on a dharna near the hotel for not being allowed to meet the 21 rebel Congress MLAs lodged in the hotel. Following this, he was detained by the police.
"We have been taken to the local DCP office by Bengaluru police. I demand that we must be allowed to meet our MLAs , who are in BJP’s captivity," he tweeted.
"I announce my Hunger Strike, till we are allowed to meet our MLAs. We live in Democracy, not Dictatorship."
"I am a Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh, voting is scheduled for March 26. My MLAs have been kept here, they want to speak to me, their phones have been snatched, the police is not letting me speak to them saying there is a security threat to MLAs," Singh said.
Singh was received at the airport by Congress state president DK Shivakumar.
Singh who sat on the dharna with a face mask on said: "We were expecting them to come back, but when we saw they're being held back, messages came from their families... I personally spoke to five MLAs, they said they're captive, phones snatched away, there is Police in front of every room. They're being followed 24/7," Singh said.
The development comes amid the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress party.
Scindia's exit was followed by 22 Congress MLAs resigning from the party as well as from the state legislative Assembly.
The resignation of these many MLAs has the Kamal Nath government hanging by thread.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is slated to hear the petition filed by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others seeking a floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly today.
On Tuesday, the top court while hearing the petition, had issued notices to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati among others.