April 5, 2020 | 8:16 PM IST
political drama

Digvijay Singh in preventive custody for staging dharna to meet rebel MLAs

Continuing the series of political drama, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh sat on a dharna outside Ramada hotel in Bengaluru on early Wednesday morning where allegedly 21 Congress MLAs have been confined by BJP. Singh accused the police of not allowing him to meet the legislators and when he refused to budge, the police forcibly dragged and removed him from the spot placing him under preventive arrest.

Singh arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at around 6.30 am and was received by the newly-appointed president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and former Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar. From there they drove straight to the hotel where they were denied entry by the police.
Superintendent of Police, Bengaluru Rural, Bheemashankar S Guled met Singh and told him that the MLAs at the resort have written to the police stating that they did not want to meet anyone fearing trouble and also showed a clip of the letter to Singh.

In a video shot at the resort, Digvijaya Singh denied being shown any letter. He said, “I’m a former Chief Minister and a Rajya Sabha candidate from MP. The voting is scheduled for March 26. And 22 MLAs who have been putting up here want to talk to me. They are under confinement and their phones have been taken away and the police are not allowing us to meet them saying that the MLAs have a security threat. I am a Gandhian and I don’t have a bomb or any rifle on me. I will go back after meeting them.
He added BJP MLA Arvind Bhadoriya and an MP are holding them captive. Why can't I meet my MLAs, my voters (for Rajya Sabha election), my own party people? What is the BJP doing in-between? 
Meanwhile, today the Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others regarding holding the trust vote in the Assembly.

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