Karnataka Political Crisis LIVE Updates: 2 More Congress Lawmakers Resign, Bringing Karnataka Coalition Down By 18

Karnataka Political Crisis: On Tuesday night, anticipating Mr Shivakumar's visit, the lawmakers had written to the police seeking "protection" from the Congress leader.

Karnataka Political Crisis LIVE Updates: 2 More Congress Lawmakers Resign, Bringing Karnataka Coalition Down By 18

Karnataka Political Crisis: Karnataka Congress leader waits in rain for rebels.

New Delhi:

The crisis in Karnataka worsened today after two more Congress lawmakers resigned submitted their resignation to the speaker. Party leaders DK Shivakumar and Milind Deora were detained by the Mumbai police from a five-star hotel in Mumbai where they waited to meet 10 rebel lawmakers whose resignation has threatened the survival of the Karnataka coalition government. This morning, Congress leader DK Shivakumar was stopped from entering the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai. On Tuesday night, anticipating Mr Shivakumar's visit, the lawmakers had written to the police seeking "protection" from the Congress leader. "We cannot allow you to enter because of the letter," a Mumbai police officer was heard saying during an argument with Mr Shivakumar, who insisted he had a room in the hotel and that his "friends" are staying there.

In a letter addressed to the Mumbai Police Commissioner, the rebel Karnataka lawmakers, who have been camping in Mumbai since Saturday have approached the Mumbai, also said they didn't want to meet JD(S) leader Shivalinge Gowda. Since Saturday, Karnataka has been thrown into a political crisis with as many as 14 lawmakers resigning from their positions. At least 10 of those lawmakers are in Mumbai and have been staying at five-star hotels. They had checked into Sofitel in the Bandra Kurla Complex on Saturday evening and later moved to the Renaissance Hotel in Powai area.
 

Here are the LIVE Updates of the Karnataka Political Crisis:

Jul 10, 2019 20:07 (IST)
Karnataka Congress Leader DK Shivakumar Fails To Meet Rebels, Escorted To Mumbai Airport
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar was "escorted" to the Mumbai airport by policemen on Wednesday, which ended his efforts to meet rebel lawmakers staying at a five-star hotel in the city since Saturday.
Jul 10, 2019 19:45 (IST)
Karnataka Crisis: Karnataka Coalition Down 18; No Entry For Leader at Rebels' Mumbai Hotel
Two more Congress legislators submitted their resignation to the Karnataka speaker today, worsening the crisis for the state's ruling coalition, even as Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar tried desperately to meet the rebel lawmakers who are camped at a hotel in Mumbai
Jul 10, 2019 15:03 (IST)
Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar and other Congress leaders who were detained, are being taken to Kalina University rest house.
Jul 10, 2019 15:03 (IST)
"We have been taken into police custody while talking to the media in a peaceful manner outside the hotel. The way power is being misused is very shameful," Milind Deora said in Hindi

Jul 10, 2019 14:50 (IST)
Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad detained while protesting near Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru
Jul 10, 2019 14:32 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Congress Leaders Detained
Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Milind Deora who after being denied entry was sitting outside Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel where 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) lawmakers are staying, detained by Mumbai Police.
Jul 10, 2019 14:24 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 3 pm
Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 3 pm after ruckus over the poitical upheaval in Karnataka.
Jul 10, 2019 13:42 (IST)
Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora reach Renaissance hotel to meet Karnataka leader DK Shivakumar.
Jul 10, 2019 13:32 (IST)
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury hits out after DK Shivakumar was not allowed to enter the hotel in Mumbai where rebel MLAs are staying.
Jul 10, 2019 13:28 (IST)
Sanjay Nirupam first Mumbai Congress leader to reach hotel where DK Shivkumar, has been campaigning outside the Renaissance Hotel  for over 4 hours waiting for his lawmakers.
Jul 10, 2019 13:25 (IST)
Milind Deora said,"I urge the Karnataka lawmakers to return to Bengaluru and resolve the matter constitutionally."
Jul 10, 2019 13:15 (IST)
JD(S) leaders lodged at Prestige Golfshire Club in Bengaluru, practice Yoga.
Jul 10, 2019 13:04 (IST)
Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa other BJP leaders to meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, today.

Jul 10, 2019 12:57 (IST)
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya in Lok Sabha, says, "Illegal immigrants are a security threat to the state. Yesterday a terror module that operates from Bangladesh was busted in Bengaluru. I call upon the Centre to extend NRC to Karnataka and Bengaluru to weed out Bangladeshis who've come here illegally."

Jul 10, 2019 12:57 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Uproar in Lok Sabha Over Karnataka
The Lower House was rocked by uproar over the Karnataka political crisis.
Jul 10, 2019 12:41 (IST)
Karnataka Crisis LIVE: BJP to Meet Speaker Today
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru, says, "We will meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 3pm today. Speaker has still not condemned tearing up of resignations (of rebel MLAs) by DK Shivakumar. Tearing up of resignations is an 'apradh' that is unforgivable."

Jul 10, 2019 12:36 (IST)
BJP is protesting at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Vidhana Soudha. They say the Congress-JDS coalition has lost its majority - and the moral right to rule.
Jul 10, 2019 12:17 (IST)

DK Shivakumar, the Congress's Mr Fixit in every crisis, found himself up against a seemingly impenetrable wall of policemen as he tried every possible ruse in his book to enter a five-star hotel in Mumbai where a group of rebel Karnataka lawmakers threatening the coalition's stability are staying. The rebels had written to the Mumbai police last night seeking protection from DK Shivakumar as well as their Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Don't allow them to enter the hotel, they wrote. Amid slogans of "go back" from protesters hanging off the gates of the Renaissance hotel, DK Shivakumar, who drove straight to the hotel from the Mumbai airport, refused to take the hint.
Jul 10, 2019 12:14 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Section 144 Imposed
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya in Lok Sabha, says, "Illegal immigrants are a security threat to the state. Yesterday a terror module that operates from Bangladesh was busted in Bengaluru. I call upon the Centre to extend NRC to Karnataka and Bengaluru to weed out Bangladeshis who've come here illegally."


Jul 10, 2019 12:07 (IST)
DK Shivakumar, has been campaigning outside the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai for over 4 hours waiting for his lawmakers.
Jul 10, 2019 12:05 (IST)
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar outside Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel: Nothing is permanent in politics. There're no friends and no enemies. Anyone can turn at any moment. I'm trying to contact the lawmakers and I'll get a call.Their heart is beating to meet their friend.

Jul 10, 2019 11:59 (IST)
  • The 10 lawmakers who filed petition tell Supreme Court that Karnataka Assembly Speaker is delaying decision on their resignation as he intends to decide their disqualification on Friday when assembly session begins.
  • The lawmakers have demanded Supreme Court to restrain Speaker from deciding their disqualification and take up their resignation first.
  • The lawmakers tell Supreme Court that their resignation is voluntary and without fear as they are convinced that the administration under HD Kumaraswamy has come to a standstill and maladministration is writ large on this govt.
  • The lawmakers have cited the IMA  ponzi scam and JSW land scam to highlight corruption and maladministration in the government.
  • The lawmakers further claimed that there are inner contradictions within the government as a result of which the coalition of Congress-JDS despite being in power was wiped out in the Lok Sabha polls recently.
  • Rebel lawmakers: On knowing that lawmakers have tendered resignations on July 6, Speaker left in a private car and became untraceable.
Jul 10, 2019 11:52 (IST)
Rebel Karnataka lawmakers approach the Supreme Court. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the rebel lawmakers and sought an urgent hearing. Top court declined to hear the plea today. Court is likely to hear the plea tomorrow.
Jul 10, 2019 11:51 (IST)
Amid slogans of "go back" from protesters hanging off the gates of the Renaissance hotel, DK Shivakumar, who drove straight to the hotel from the Mumbai airport, refused to take the hint. "This DK Shivakumar is not afraid of slogans. I have come alone, I will die alone," he declared. He insisted that he had a room in the hotel, flashing a booking receipt on his phone. The hotel soon cancelled the booking, citing an "emergency".
Jul 10, 2019 11:46 (IST)
DK Shivakumar, the Congress's Mr Fixit in every crisis, found himself up against a seemingly impenetrable wall of policemen as he tried every possible ruse in his book to enter a five-star hotel in Mumbai where a group of rebel Karnataka lawmakers threatening the coalition's stability are staying. The rebels had written to the Mumbai police last night seeking protection from DK Shivakumar as well as their Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Don't allow them to enter the hotel, they wrote.
Jul 10, 2019 11:37 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: DK Shivakumar Speaks To Media
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar speaks to the media outside the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel.





Jul 10, 2019 11:25 (IST)
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders hold protest outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. 

Jul 10, 2019 11:17 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Rebel Lawmakers Move Supreme Court Against Speaker
Karnataka rebel Congress-JD(S) lawmakers move Supreme Court accusing the Speaker of abandoning his constitutional duty and deliberately delaying acceptance of their resignations. Supreme Court likely to hear the matter tomorrow.

Jul 10, 2019 11:09 (IST)
Copies of the letter by rebel lawmakers have been marked to 10 senior officer. 
Jul 10, 2019 11:05 (IST)
Rebel Karnataka Congress leader, Ramesh Jarkiholi in Mumbai: We are not interested in meeting Congress leader DK Shivakumar. No one from BJP is here to meet us. 
Jul 10, 2019 11:01 (IST)
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar on Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel cancels his booking: "They should be proud of a customer like me. I love Mumbai. I love this hotel. Let them cancel. I have other rooms also."
Jul 10, 2019 10:55 (IST)
Rebel Congress leader, B Basavaraj: We don't intend to insult DK Shivakumar. We've faith in him but there is a reason we have taken this step.
Jul 10, 2019 10:48 (IST)
The Karnataka coalition crisis took a stunning turn today as senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was stopped from entering the five-star hotel in Mumbai where rebel lawmakers are staying, after they wrote to the police for protection from him. "They are frightened of you. We cannot allow you to enter because of the letter," a Mumbai police officer was heard saying during an argument with Mr Shivakumar, who insisted he had booked a room in the Renaissance hotel and could not be stopped from entering it. "I won't go, I will wait here all day," Mr Shivakumar told the police, just outside the gate where protesters - hanging off the gate -- shouted: "Go back." "Allow me to go to my room, I want to meet my friends, sit, relax, have coffee with them," the Congress leader, known for his troubleshooting skills, told the media as the police firmly blocked him.
Jul 10, 2019 10:33 (IST)
Karnataka Crisis LIVE: Rebel Lawmakers Likely to Move Supreme Court
The rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs are likely to move the Supreme Court against the Karnataka Assembly Speaker today. They are alleging that Speaker Ramesh Kumar is deliberately delaying acceptance of their resignations.
Jul 10, 2019 10:26 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Shivakumar's Hotel Booking Cancelled
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar's booking at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel has been cancelled by the hotel quoting "some emergency in the hotel"
Jul 10, 2019 10:25 (IST)
Settling down to an uncertain wait outside the hotel while having coffee and momos, DK Shivakumar hit out at the BJP, which rules Maharashtra, and said the party's hand in destabilizing the Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka was obvious.


Jul 10, 2019 10:22 (IST)
Siddaramaiah has alleged BJP hand behind the political drama in Karnataka.
Jul 10, 2019 09:22 (IST)
Supporters outside Renaissance hotel in Mumbai raise slogans of  "Go back, Go back" as Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar reaches. Replying to this Shivkumar said, "there can be 1 lakh slogans and black flags, I am not afraid, I am alone, I'll die alone. He also said he could get supporters to  the hotel but he doesn't want that. He also added anything is possible 'politics is the art of possibilities."
Jul 10, 2019 08:58 (IST)
Speaking to the media in Bengaluru, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa says, "We have decided to sit on dharna in front of Vidhana Soudha. We will meet the Speaker and the Governor."
Jul 10, 2019 08:57 (IST)
Police escorts Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar away from the gates of Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel where 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) lawmakers are staying. The lawmakers had written to Police stating "We've heard DK Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel, we feel threatened".


Jul 10, 2019 08:37 (IST)
Karnataka Political Crisis: Shivakumar Stopped From Entering Hotel
D K Shivakumar, who has reached the hotel, says, "I have booked a room in this hotel. My friends are staying here.There has been a small problem, we've to hold negotiations.We can't go for a divorce immediately. There is no question of threatening, we love and respect each other.

Jul 10, 2019 08:32 (IST)
Congress leader DK Shivakumar reaches Mumbai hotel to meet rebel lawmakers. 
Jul 10, 2019 08:31 (IST)
Supporters of JD(S) leader Narayan Gowda outside Renaissance hotel raise slogans of "Go back, Go back" as Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar is expected to arrive at the hotel.
Jul 10, 2019 08:18 (IST)
Karnataka Crisis: Security Outside Renaissance Hotel
Security deployed outside Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) lawmakers are staying. Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar is currently on his way from the airport to the hotel.

Jul 10, 2019 08:11 (IST)
Karnataka Govt. Crisis: Shivakumar Will Not Be Allowed Inside Hotel
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar will not be allowed inside hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) lawmakers are staying. He will not be stopped before the gates of the hotel.

Jul 10, 2019 08:03 (IST)
Congress' leader D K Shivakumar says, "We have come to meet our friends. We were born together in politics, we will die together in politics.
Jul 10, 2019 07:47 (IST)
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and JD(S) leader Shivalinge Gowda arrive in Mumbai. Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force and Riot Control Police are deployed outside the hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) lawmakers are staying.
Jul 10, 2019 07:46 (IST)
Senior Congress leader DK Shivkumar arrives in Mumbai. 

Jul 10, 2019 07:29 (IST)
Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force & Riot Control Police arrive at the hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying.
Jul 10, 2019 07:27 (IST)
Ten rebel lawmakers from the Congress-JD(S) combine have written to the Mumbai police commissioner expressing fears of threat to their lives during visits of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar today.  The letter signed by 10 lawmakers said they have heard that Mr Kumaraswamy, Mr Shivkumar and others are going to storm the hotel premises they are staying in and they feel threatened by this. The letter stated that the lawmakers were not willing to meet the two leaders and wanted the police not to allow them to enter the hotel premises.

Jul 10, 2019 07:19 (IST)
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar & JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda leave for Mumbai on a special flight from Bengaluru. 
Jul 10, 2019 07:19 (IST)
Ten rebel lawmakers from the Congress-JD(S) combine have written to the Mumbai police commissioner expressing fears of threat to their lives during visits of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar today.  The letter signed by 10 lawmakers said they have heard that Mr Kumaraswamy, Mr Shivkumar and others are going to storm the hotel premises they are staying in and they feel threatened by this.
Jul 10, 2019 07:18 (IST)
Mumbai Police have thrown a security cover around the hotel with over 100 police personnel guarding the gate of the hotel. But with the leaders of the neighbouring state set to land in Mumbai to visit their lawmakers, the police may have no choice but to let him into the hotel, even if the lawmakers don't want it to happen.

Jul 10, 2019 07:18 (IST)
Since Saturday, Karnataka has been thrown into a political crisis with as many as 14 lawmakers resigning from their positions. At least 10 of those lawmakers are in Mumbai and have been staying at five-star hotels in the city. They had checked into Sofitel in the Bandra Kurla Complex on Saturday evening and moved to the Renaissance Hotel in Powai on Monday.
Jul 10, 2019 07:14 (IST)
The rebel Karnataka lawmakers who are camping in Mumbai since Saturday have approached Mumbai Police, seeking protection ahead of Congress strongman DK Shivakumar and a Janata Dal (Secular) leader visiting the city today. In a letter addressed to the Mumbai Police chief, the ten lawmakers have stated that they don't want to meet their state leaders who are coming to Mumbai.