BJP leaders meeting rebel Karnataka Congress -JDS MLAs at Sofitel Hotel: Naseem Khan

July7 : Naseem Khan, a Congress MLA from Mumbai, was stopped from entering Sofitel hotel where the rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying as BJP leaders were holding talks with them to join BJP so as to form the Saffron government.

Khan said, “BJP leaders are allowed to go inside. They’re pressurising the MLAs, but I’m not allowed to go”.

Stating that his party would watch the ongoing political developments and take an appropriate step at the right time, BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday said “we are not sanyasis to sit and watch.”

Yeddyurappa told reporters that the coalition government had lost majority after the resignation of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs.

Congress MLA from Bellary Rural B Nagendra has been called by Congress leaders to Windsor Manor Hotel in Bengaluru.

Congress MLA from Bellary Rural B Nagendra who is one of the MLAs present at Sofitel hotel in Mumbai have been called by Congress leaders to Windsor Manor Hotel in Bengaluru

Maharashtra Youth Congress workers including its vice-president Suraj Singh Thakur have been detained by police during their protest outside Sofitel hotel asking Karnataka Congress MLAs to take back their resignation.

Mallikarjun Kharge rejected rumors of him being made the Karnataka Chief Minister. When asked that there are talks that he could be made the Karnataka CM, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “I don’t know. I want this alliance govt to continue. We want that this should go on smoothly. These are all flimsy information being fed to the press just to divide us .”

Kharge said, ” Ramalinga Reddy Ji is a senior leader and a Congress man. For long he has been holding Congress’s fort in Bengaluru. Let us see what are his grievances and what we can do. ”

Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that the primary thing is leaders should be loyal to the party.

“I am in touch with 5-6 MLAs. I can’t reveal all details. Everybody is loyal to the party. It is not a question of a person being loyal to me. Everybody is expected to be loyal to the party,” Siddaramaiah said.

Ten Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying at Sofitel hotel in Mumbai. 11 Congress-JD(S) tendered their resignations on Saturday from their respective Assembly segments in the southern state.

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