Karnataka Crisis: Rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs cite "serious threat" from Congress leaders; Write to Mumbai Police

The Karnataka Crisis has intensified after five other MLAs went to Supreme Court on individual basis while demanding their resignation to be accepted

Karnataka Crisis: Rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs cite "serious threat" from Congress leaders; Write to Mumbai Police

While seeking protection, 14 Karnataka rebel JD(S)-Congress MLAs have written to Mumbai Police stating that they are under "serious threat". The legislators have alleged that they anticipate a serious threat from Karnataka and Maharashtra Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad. 

In the letter written to Powai Police, the rebel MLAs have mentioned that they are staying at Renaissance Hotel in Powai and "have absolutely no intentions in meeting Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Karnataka and Maharashtra Congress leader. We anticipate a serious threat from them."

Soon after they resigned on July 6, the rebel MLAs have been avoiding any meeting with the Congress leaders. On the other hand, Congress leaders are trying to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in the Karnataka government. 

Earlier on July 11, after the Supreme Court's order, the rebel MLAs rushed to Bengaluru to meet Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar. The Supreme Court had ordered the state assembly speaker to decide "forthwith" about their resignations.

However, despite SC's order, the Karnataka speaker said that he cannot be expected to work at "lightning speed" while ruling out an immediate decision on the resignation of rebel MLAs. The MLAs returned to Mumbai at the hotel. 

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The matter intensified after five more MLAs went to SC. The apex court will hear the matter on July 16. After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has 105 MLAs in the Karnataka assembly moved no-confidence motion, the state assembly speaker told that the trust vote will happen after SC's decision on Tuesday. However, Congress leader Siddaramaiah informed that the trust will happen on July 18.

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