K'taka crisis: DK Shivakumar can not stop the protected from fleeing

BENGALURU: As a skilled problem-solving expert, Karnataka Congressman DK Shivakumar may have solved many crises in the party. But on Monday he could not prevent his own man, the independent MLA H Nagesh, from leaving the coalition and flying to Mumbai.

The sequence of events emerged from a Bollywood movie in which the hero tries to prevent the bad man from fleeing. But it was not a happy ending for Shivakumar when he arrived at the HAL airport five minutes late and Nagesh had left on a special flight by then.

I wanted to talk to Nagesh. The BJP people took him by force to Mumbai, Shivakumar told reporters.

Shivakumar had played a key role in helping Nagesh win the game. Nagesh, a former engineer at Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation, was sworn in as a minister in the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet less than a month ago. The first time that MLA was angry with the decision of the leaders of the Congress-JD (S) to seek the resignation of all the ministers to accommodate the rebels. Nagesh was asked to put his papers on Sunday night, the sources said.

On Monday morning, Nagesh presented his letter of resignation as Minister to CM and then jumped to Raj Bhavan and handed two letters to Governor Vajubhai R Vala. In one, Nagesh said he was withdrawing support for the government led by Kumaraswamy and in the other promised support to the BJP.

From Raj Bhavan, he went to the HAL airport where he was greeted by NH Santosh, the personal assistant of BJP president, BS Yeddyurappa. Nagesh immediately boarded a plane that took off in minutes.

Shivakumar ran to the airport when he learned of Nagesh's plan to fly to Mumbai. However, when he arrived, Nagesh was gone. Shivakumar later left for New Delhi and is scheduled to return in time for the scheduled congressional legislature party meeting in Bengaluru at 9 am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another independent MLA who was recently appointed minister, R Shankar, a protege of Siddaramaiah, also went to Mumbai to join the rebels. Before leaving for Mumbai, Shankar also met with the governor and presented a letter to withdraw support for the coalition government.