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Shivakumar returns empty handed as Kumaraswamy govt struggles to stay afloat

Mumbai: Karnataka’s Water Resources minister D K Shivakumar flew down to Mumbai as a Congress troubleshooter with a mission to save the wobbly coalition government in Karnataka, but he hardly found any support from the Maharashtra unit of his party in his task and was sent packing to his home state.

Shivakumar, minister and Congress leader, landed in Mumbai early Wednesday and drove to the luxury hotel where rebel MLAs from his state are stationed.

He was on a mission to woo back the rebel MLAs and save the 13-month-old Congress-JDS government in Karnataka.

However, he was hooted and heckled by some of the legislators and their supporters, and prevented by the police from entering the hotel premises though he had a suite booked in his name, which was later cancelled by the hotel.

Elected representatives of the Maharashtra Congress were busy making veiled attack against each other while Shivakumar sat precariously on the hotel boundary wall with his feet dangling over a storm water drainage opening after being stopped from going inside.

Just a handful of Mumbai Congress leaders, including Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Naseem Khan, Ganesh Yadav (city Youth Congress president) and one local corporator, came to meet Shivakumar when he was detained and being taken to a guest house in Kalina campus of the Mumbai University.

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