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Karnataka crisis: Rebel Congress MLAs write to police over threat from party veterans

File photo of Siddaramaiah. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 15, 2019, 11.06 AM (IST)

The fourteen rebel Karnataka Congress MLAs lodged in a hotel on Monday once again complained of threats from party's top leaders.

In a letter to Mumbai Police, the MLAs said they had “absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any Congress dignitaries or functionaries from Maharashtra or Karnataka Congress team leaders or any other political leader. We anticipate the serious threat from them and so we, hereby, request to kindly make necessary arrangements to stop these people from meeting us in case the situation arises.” 

The 14 MLAs are staying at Hotel Renaissance at Powai in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, opposition BJP reiterated that the coalition has lost majority and demanded that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy resign immediately or seek a trust vote on Monday itself. 

The coalition government is on a shaky wicket with 16 MLAs -- 13 of the Congress and 3 of the JD(S) resigning their assembly membership. 

Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability, have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.

(With inputs from agencies)