Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and several other Congress leaders including Milind Deora were detained by Mumbai police on Wednesday. Shivakumar and the other Congress leaders were on a dharna outside the Mumbai hotel where 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were staying.

Later Deora and other Congress leaders were released by the police while Shivakumar was taken to the airport and forcibly sent back to Bengaluru.  

The Congress leaders were detained as the Mumbai police had imposed section 144 in the Powai area where the rebel legislators of Congress and JDS are lodged in a hotel. 

Shivakumar reached the hotel this morning to pacify the rebel MLAs had resorted to sitting outside the Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel after being denied entry. The hotel had cancelled his daylong booking but staff served him doughnuts, tea and coffee to the Karnataka minister who settled down to wait outside for over three hours before he was finally detained.

Earlier, the 10 dissident MLAs of Congress and JD(S) expressed their wish to not meet Shivakumar.

The Congress has accused the BJP of conspiring to topple Congress-JD(S)coalition government in Karnataka. The ruling alliance is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.

The rebel MLAs had checked into Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel on Saturday and later moved to the Renaissance Hotel in the city on Monday.

The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week. Congress' Roshan Baig and independent H Nagesh have also deserted the HD Kumaraswamy government.

The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.

(with ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma