Karnataka: our MLA are being kidnapped, Cong alleges in assembly

BENGALURU: On Thursday, in Congress, alleged in his MLA, Shreemant Patil, who suddenly disappeared after being with them at a resort and was held incommunicado, was kidnapped as part of efforts to overthrow the coalition government.

While the assembly was debating the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister D K Shivakumar alleged that Patil was kidnapped and admitted to a hospital in Mumbai.

Patil's photographs emerged and showed him lying on a bed in a hospital and undergoing tests related to the ECG.

When raising the problem, Shivakumar said: With my hands together, I ask the president of the House of Representatives, my MLA of the party has been kidnapped. I received a call from family members. I want you to bring them back, sir. We want police protection.

The MLA of the Congress said in unison that the legislators lived with fear and Patil was kidnapped, kept in a room, transferred on a special flight and then admitted to a hospital.

Shivakumar said they would produce documents to prove that Patil was forced into the hospital to skip assembly.

I have documentary evidence. He is being held in a hospital ... Patil traveled with Lakshman Savadi (ex BJP MLA) on the flight, he said.

The president of Congress, Dinesh Gundu Rao, alleged that Patil was with him until Wednesday, attended a meeting and enjoyed good health. However, he suddenly disappeared from the complex, where the MLA of his party were staying.

Rao said: When we tried to verify where he had gone, we could not find him. He was in good health but he saw the drama of the BJP.

The comment led the pandamonio with BJP shouting at him in the midst of the exchanges between the treasury and opposition banks.

During the intervention, Kumaraswamy said: In the case of Patil, he must explain who sent his photos to WhatsApp, who traveled with him on the flight. The speaker has the responsibility to safeguard the MLA since the numbers are important in the voting.

C T Ravi of the BJP told the members of Congress that Patil was in their custody only and that they were making the accusation against his party, since they did not have numbers.

They do not have the numbers. You are playing this game.

The speaker then asked: Should I bandage my eyes and say that I have no connection with that? Where are we going?

He told the House that he received a letter, not written on the letterhead, supposedly by Patil, saying that he had developed chest pain and had been hospitalized.

The evidence before me is that it is not natural ... I am disturbed, said the speaker and ordered the Minister of the Interior M B Patil to contact the MLA family and ask him about his condition and inform him.