Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on early Wednesday sat on a dharna outside Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru. The development came after Singh was allegedly not allowed by the police to visit the hotel, where 21 Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs are lodged in.
Bengaluru: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh flew into Bengaluru in the early hours of Wednesday to meet rebel MLAs staying at a local hotel. Singh was received at the airport by the newly appointed Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar.
However, Digvijay Singh reportedly could not meet the 22 MLAs of the MP state Assembly who are holed up at a Bengaluru hotel.
Police have detained me, @digvijaya_28 & other INC leaders & are not allowing us to meet @INCMP MLAs who are being held forcefully at a resort by BJP.— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) March 18, 2020
BJP is hell bent on destabilizing democratically elected govts. It has strengthened our resolve to fight to save democracy. pic.twitter.com/Bbiy0ZvGkV
A video of Digvijaya Singh sitting on dharna outside the Bengaluru hotel was posted by news agency ANI.
#WATCH Karnataka: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh continues to sit on dharna near Ramada hotel in Bengaluru, allegedly after he was not allowed by Police to visit it, as Police tries to remove him from the spot. 21 #MadhyaPradesh Congress MLAs are lodged at the hotel. pic.twitter.com/CtWuP1rvKH— ANI (@ANI) March 18, 2020
Later, he was denied permission to sit on a dharna in protest and was subsequently detained by the Bengaluru Police.
#WATCH Karnataka: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has now been placed under preventive arrest. He was sitting on dharna near Ramada hotel in Bengaluru, allegedly after he was not allowed by Police to visit it. 21 #MadhyaPradesh Congress MLAs are lodged at the hotel. pic.twitter.com/dP3me4qjw0— ANI (@ANI) March 18, 2020
An angry Singh claimed to the media that he was a Gandhian, and was not carrying arms and yet was being detained.
Madhya Pradesh plunged into a political mess after Jyotiraditya Scindia, a prominent face of the Congress, resigned from the party last week to join the BJP. Scindia’s decision to leave the Congress was followed by the resignation of 22 party MLAs loyal to him. But Speaker NP Prajapati selectively accepted the resignations of six, hinting at conspiracies in store.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will today hear the petition filed by former Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP leader, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and others to hold floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
Last Updated 18, Mar 2020, 11:27 AM