BENGALURU: Confined within the precincts of a luxury resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru, the wish of 44 MLAs’ from Gujarat (Congress) to visit pilgrimage centres, tourist spots and IT hubs in the city has been put on hold.With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly intensifying the efforts to lure them, the Congress High Command has tightened the security for these MLAs and has asked party’s Karnataka leaders not to take them out till further orders.
Energy minister DK Shivakumar, who is overseeing their stay and safety, visited the resort on Monday morning and held discussions with the Congress MLAs. “The MLAs have expressed their desire to visit various pilgrim centres and tourist spots in and around the city. Some of them have even requested for a visit to IT behemoth Infosys campus. But we are awaiting instructions from our party national leaders in this regard. We will not take them out without clearance from our national leaders,” Shivakumar said.
Shivakumar also added that letting the MLAs travel on their own to these places might pose security problems. “Hence, we will take them all in one group to any one common destination, if the request is approved by our national leaders,” Shivakumar said.