Karnataka MLAs enjoy Mumbai hotel's hospitality

While the Congress spokesperson said they must have been brought by the BJP, a senior BJP leader said their party does not get involved in such malpractices

While the Election Commission has sought a report from the state’s Chief Electoral Officer on alleged horse-trading for the Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka, some 14 independent legislators from the Karnataka Assembly are enjoying luxurious hospitality in a Juhu hotel.

Sources in the Mumbai Police confirmed to mid-day on Monday that the MLAs were holed up in a five-star hotel at Juhu. The police said Room Number 103 was one of the accommodations provided.

It was reported that the Congress has relocated the legislators to Mumbai. But the state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant denied any such move. “If the legislators are here then the BJP must have flown them here because the party is in power in Maharashtra,” he said.

A senior BJP leader said, “It is the Congress that has brought the independents here. Our party does not get involved in such malpractices.”

According to reports, the MLAs were transported after a sting by a television news channel reportedly showed a group of MLAs seeking money for their votes in the biennial election to four Rajya Sabha seats from the state. The election will be held on June 11.

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