Karnata Congress leader D K Shivakumar asserted that he will only leave Mumbai after meeting the rebel Congress-JD(S) leaders that are being kept in captivity.
“Rajnath Singh said that they are nowhere connected with this matter. But they have made the MLAs captive. My last resort is to meet Devendra Fadnavis to allow me to meet our colleagues. Politics is going on as their deputy CM and former speaker have come here and told the police that the MLAs need security. They are in captivity,” he said.
“I am here to meet them and take them back and I repeat that I would stay here till that happens. I have come here to meet my friends. I cannot leave without meeting them,” Shivakumar added.
The booking for Shivakumar was rejected by the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Hotel citing “some emergency” where the dissident MLAs are taking shelter.
Shivakumar was accompanied by JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda when he arrived to meet the MLAs.
The MLAs had written to Mumbai Police seeking high protection, hence the heightened security was visible at the Hotel in Powai.
Among the MLAs who have signed the letter are Shivram Hebbar, Pratap Gowda Patil, BC Patil, ST Somshekar, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavraj, Gopalaiyya, H Vishwanath, Narayan Gowda, and Mahesh Kumutali.