Young workers of Congress protest in the hotel that houses the MLA of the rebel Karnataka
MUMBAI: The workers of the Youth Congress brought two horse-drawn carriages outside a suburban hotel on Monday where several MLA are camping and protested against the exchange of horses of the BJP, which, he said, had caused the crisis in the government of the alliance in the southern state.
Ten MLA of Karnataka, belonging to the JD (S) and the Congress, flew to Mumbai on Saturday night after presenting their resignations to the president of the Assembly there.
An eleventh MLA, an independent, resigned as a minister and also from the assembly's membership on Monday and joined the group at the luxury hotel in the suburbs of Mumbai.
The chain of events put the 13-month-old government of H D Kumaraswamy in a bind, as it enjoys a slim majority in the 224-member Karnataka House.
The workers of the Youth Congress, who number more than 200, shouted slogans against the BJP and demanded that the MLA withdraw their resignations.
As part of the protest, they brought two horse-drawn carriages outside the hotel and accused the BJP, the main opposition party in Karnataka, of engaging in horse trading.
However, the saffron team has denied any role in the political turmoil in the neighboring state.
Police placed barricades around the hotel and managed to contain the protesters, also arrested many of them, said an official.
The protest was led by the Vice President of the All-India Youth Congress, BV Sriniwas, and the YC chief of Mumbai, Ganesh Yadav.
Talking to reporters, Yadav said he wanted to meet with the MLA at the hotel, but the police prevented him from doing so.
We are here to meet with Congress legislators as we feel they are being coerced and held (at the hotel) against their will. But we are not allowed (to meet with them), he said.
However, BJP MLCs such as Prasad Lad are stationed at the hotel and there are no restrictions for them. All this seems suspicious, said Yadav.
The whole episode shows flagrant misuse of the government machinery, the leader of the Youth Congress argued.