Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar, who is known as `trouble shooter’ in Congress circles, today reached the hotel in Mumbai, where rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying, amid slogans of “Go back, Go back – Shivakumar go back”.
The slogans were raised by supporters of one of the disgruntled JD(S) MLAs, Narayan Gowda. Speaking to reporters outside the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel where the dissident MLAs are staying, Shivakumar said: “I have booked a room here. My friends are staying here. There has been a small problem, we have to hold negotiations. We can’t go for a divorce immediately. There is no question of threatening, we love and respect each other.”
Mumbai Police escorted Shivakumar away from the gates of the hotel. Meanwhile, Mumbai Police stated that “Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar will not be allowed inside the hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying”.
Security was tightened outside the hotel after the rebel MLAs wrote a letter to Mumbai Commissioner of Police on Tuesday seeking protection, stating: “We have heard Chief Minister and DK Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel, we feel threatened.” “We do not want to meet him (Shivakumar), kind request to help us in this matter and do not allow them to enter the hotel premises,” the letter added.