Congress legislator stopped from entering Mumbai hotel where rebel Karnataka MLAs lodged

Maharashtra BJP vice-president and MLC Prasad Lad were earlier seen outside the hotel.

Published: 08th July 2019 01:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2019 11:34 AM   |  A+A-

Congress MLAs from Karnataka speak to the media during their ongoing meeting with BJP leaders at a hotel in Mumbai Sunday July 7 2019. (Photo | PTI)


MUMBAI: A Congress legislator was stopped from entering Sofitel hotel, where at least 10 disgruntled Karnataka MLAs are currently lodged.

"BJP leaders are allowed to go inside. They are pressurising the MLAs, but I am not being allowed to go," Naseem Khan, an MLA from Mumbai said.

Maharashtra BJP vice-president and MLC Prasad Lad were earlier seen outside the hotel. He said that he was busy with the party's membership drive and had no idea of the political turmoil in Karnataka.

Earlier in the day, Youth Congress workers staged a protest outside the hotel and asked the MLAs to take back their resignation. They shouted slogans against the BJP and accused it of indulging in horse-trading.

The Congress workers including party vice-president Suraj Singh Thakur were detained by the police.

The state's JD(S)-Congress government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 11 MLAs from the membership of the Assembly on Saturday.

After tendering their resignation, as many as 10 Congress and JD(S) MLAs on Saturday arrived at the Mumbai hotel.

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