Karnataka BJP chief and former CM BS Yeddyurappa has admitted that it is his voice on an audio clip released by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy as “proof” of the saffron party’s alleged attempts to topple the Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka.
In the clip, Yeddyurappa’s purportedly heard trying to lure JDS MLA Naganagouda through his son Sharana Gouda.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday released an audio clip of a conversation allegedly between BJP State Chief BS Yeddyurappa and JDS MLA Naganagowda Kandkur’s son Sharana where BS Yeddyurappa made offer Rs 25 cr and ministerial post for his father.
However, Earlier BSY said ‘the audio clips are fake and Kumaraswamy are expert in voice recording’.
But taking a U-turn from his earlier stand, BJP State President said MLA’s son met him following direction from chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.
He (Sharangouda) recorded the conversation and the audio clip was chopped according to the convenience, leaving out a major portion. HD Kumaraswamy as a part of conspiracy sent Sharangouda to the inspection bungalow,” said the former CM.
Kumaraswamy stooped to a new low in the politics by starting a new trend of trapping the elected representatives. It is true that I had a conversation with Sharangouda but not everything was revealed. The chief minister is indulging in conspiracy politics,” he added as reported by The Times of India.
Earlier responding to allegations made by HD Kumaraswamy, Congress held a press Conference and accused BJP Top brass of involving in the attempts to topple the Congress-JD(S) Coalition Government.
While pointing guns towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, KC Venugopal said, ‘He is also offering election expenses to MLAs after they resign. They offered Rs 50 Crore to the speaker for not disqualifying his MLAs. Clippings are referring to the names of Amit Shah & Narendra Modi ji for managing here & there through Yeddyurappa himself’ he added.
The Congress–JD(S) together has 117 MLAs in Karnataka Assembly with Congress 80 and the JDS 37, while BJP has 104 in the 224-member Assembly. The halfway mark is 113. Since the Congress-JDS jointly formed the government in Karnataka in May last year, there have been murmurs of resentment among them.