Audio released by Cong to frame BJP ‘fake’, reveals K’taka Cong MLA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 May 2018 09:07:55


 

BENGALURU,

IN A DEVELOPMENT that could leave the Congress red-faced in Karnataka, its MLA Shivaram Hebbar on Monday dismissed as “fake” an audio clip released by the party to allege that the BJP offered money and ministerial berth to him for cross-voting during the floor test in the Assembly.


The Congress had released three audio tapes in run up to the floor test, claiming that the BJP leaders were trying to ‘poach’ on the party MLAs by offering ‘blandishments’ so that the BS Yeddyurappa Government is saved. One of the audio tapes released by the party allegedly had conversation between Hebbar’s wife and BJP leaders, who allegedly offered money and ministerial post to woo him to vote for the BJP. However, in a Facebook post in Kanadda, Hebbar on Monday questioned the authenticity of the audio clip, saying his wife did not receive any such call.


“This is not my wife’s voice and she has not received any such calls. The audio tape is fake. I condemn it,” he wrote.
The Karnataka polls threw up a hung Assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, but eight short of majority. Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government and Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister. As the floor test approached, the Congress alleged that the BJP was indulging in horsetrading and released the audio tapes to back their charges.

In the audio tape in question, B S Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra and his close associate B J Puttuswamy are heard speaking purportedly to Hebbar’s wife, offering money and ministerial position to her husband if he cross-voted in favour of the BJP during the floor test. Vijayendra and Puttuswamy are also heard allegedly offering Rs 15 crore for cross-voting but without a ministerial berth, or Rs 5 crore with a Cabinet berth. Puttuswamy is also heard allegedly saying that cases against the wife and the son, who are facing a trial in a mining scam, would be cleared.
Reacting to Hebbar, State Congress spokesman V S Ugrappa on Monday demanded that Vijayendra and Puttuswamy undergo forensic voice test for their alleged involvement.