Fourteen rebel Karnataka legislators on Sunday wrote to Mumbai police, informing them that they had absolutely no intention of meeting any leader belonging to the grand old party from Maharashtra and Karnataka, adding they anticipated a serious threat from them.
The letter, shared by news agency ANI, says the MLAs are currently staying at the Renaissance Hotel, Powai, and requested the police to make necessary arrangements to stop Congressmen, including Mallikasrjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad, from meeting them.
Mumbai: 14 rebel K'taka MLAs write to Sr Police Inspector, Powai Police Station. Write '...we've absolutely no intentions in meeting Mallikarjun Kharge, GN Azad or any Congress dignitaries from Maharashtra&K'taka or any political leader as we anticipate serious threat from them.' pic.twitter.com/RfI2Jt6d6D— ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019
On Sunday, rebel Karnataka Congress MLA ST Somashekar once again clarified that 15 Congress-JD(S) legislators who resigned from the Assembly, pushing the state government to the brink of collapse, had no plans to rescind their resignations.
"We are together. We won't take our resignations back at any cost. Nagaraj is also with us. K Sudhakar is in Delhi and he is also in our support, he may join us here in Mumbai anytime soon," ST Somashekar told reporters at a press conference.
Somashekar's comment came even as the efforts are currently underway to woo rebel MLAs back into the Congress-JD(S) fold and save the day for the Karnataka government.
Meanwhile, opposition BJP reiterated that the coalition has lost majority and demanded that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy resign immediately or seek a trust vote on Monday
The coalition government is on a shaky wicket with 16 MLAs -- 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) resigning their assembly membership.
Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability, have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.
The coalition leaders received a major jolt Sunday morning as Nagaraj, with whom they had held day-long talks on Saturday in a bid to woo him back to save the government, flew
to Mumbai and joined the rebel MLAs camped there.
After reaching Mumbai, Nagaraj, speaking to reporters, made it clear that there was no question of withdrawing his resignation and that he was "firm" on the decision.
The ruling coalition's total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.
With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 100.
(With inputs from agencies)