‘Missing’ rebel Congress MLA Shrimant Patil has denied the allegations by Congress that he is in the custody of BJP legislators.
Congress leaders alleged that rebel MLA Shrimant Patil was kidnapped by the BJP as part of their ‘hidden agenda’ to pull down the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka. MLA was later found in a Mumbai hospital after chest pain. The legislator's disappearance from Karnataka and sudden appearance in Mumbai came on a day when state Assembly was rocked during a trust vote.
"I had gone to Chennai from the resort in Bengaluru. On my way back, I suddenly fell ill. When I consulted my family doctor, he advised me to come to Mumbai. I had sent the letter of absence in urgency. If this was pre-planned, I would have carried a letterhead with me. I am not in the custody of BJP MLAs," he wrote in a mail, which was read out by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in the Assembly on Friday.
Senior minister DK Shivakumar said they would produce documents to show that Patil was forcibly admitted to the hospital to skip the trust vote. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge claimed the BJP had brought Patil to Mumbai in its attempt to topple the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka.