Karnataka Congress president Shivakumar meets DGP, demands protection for Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs

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BENGALURU: Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar on Wednesday met the Director-General of Police in Bengaluru and demanded police protection for Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs.

 

He also demanded the removal of BJP workers from the hotel in Bengaluru, where the legislators are currently lodged.

"The Madhya Pradesh legislators have come here and have requested police protection, that is all. Let the police give them protection, our candidate Digvijaya Singh has come, let him meet the legislators. Why are BJP workers protecting them? We know that they are under threat and hence we need to vacate BJP workers," Shivakumar said.

"We will give protection to our men and that is why we are telling them they cannot stop us. They should be in a free and fair position. I have communicated to DGP that BJP needs to vacate," he added.

DK Shivakumar and senior Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh have claimed that they were detained by the police as they tried to meet the 22 rebel Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh who have camped in Bengaluru for the past one week.

“Police have detained me, Digvijaya Singh and other Congress leaders and are not allowing us to meet Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs. The Congress MLAs are being held forcefully at a resort by the BJP. BJP is hell bent on destabilising democratically elected governments. It has strengthened our resolve to fight to save democracy," he said in a tweet.

The development comes amid the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh after the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress party.

Scindia's departure was followed by 22 Congress MLAs resigning from the party as well as from the state legislative Assembly.

The resignation of these MLAs has left the Kamal Nath government below the majority mark.

On Tuesday, the rebel Congress MLAs had held a press conference in Bengaluru and said they have camped there on their own wish and that they need security because they fear Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath may try to harm them.

 

With inputs from Agency

 

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