JD(S) law­maker claims BJP lead­ers paid him money to switch loy­al­ties

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Nation - Vikram Gopal

BENGALURU: Another rul­ing Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar), or JD(S), law­maker in Kar­nataka on Sun­day claimed that op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lead­ers al­legedly paid him money to switch loy­al­ties.

K Srinivasa Gowda, the JD (S) law­maker, told re­porters in Ko­lar that BJP lead­ers CP Yo­gesh­war and Ash­wath­narayana paid him ₹5 crore and promised to give another ₹25 crore. “They asked me to re­sign from the as­sem­bly, but I re­fused their of­fer,” he said.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts to reach BJP spokesper­sons, they were not avail­able for com­ment.

The fresh al­le­ga­tion comes in the back­drop of a clip pur­port­edly recorded dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween BJP state pres­i­dent B S Yed­dyu­rappa and another JD (S) law­maker Na­gan­gouda Kand­kur’s son, Sha­rangouda.

In the clip, Yed­dyu­rappa is pur­port­edly heard ask­ing Sha­rangouda to switch his al­le­giance and prom­ises to pay ₹25 crore and a min­is­te­rial berth to his father if he agreed to join the party. Later, another per­son is heard claim­ing that speaker K R Ramesh Ku­mar has been in­flu­enced with the prom­ise of ₹50 crore, a charge he has re­futed.

Yed­dyu­rappa rub­bished the clip and al­leged Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter HD Ku­maraswamy has pro­duced it. He said he was ready to re­sign if it is proven that the voice in the clip was his even as Yed­dyu­rappa ad­mit­ted to hav­ing met Sha­rangouda on Fri­day.

On Sun­day, Yed­dyu­rappa con­demned Ku­maraswamy’s “black­mail pol­i­tics”. “Ku­maraswamy is do­ing third-grade pol­i­tics. Black­mail, con­spir­a­cies have be­gun. On the in­struc­tions of CM, Sha­rangouda was sent to guest house where I was stay­ing where he recorded the con­ver­sa­tion. Only a part of which [the con­ver­sa­tion] was re­leased,” he told jour­nal­ists at Hub­balli ahead of PM Naren­dra Modi’s visit on Sun­day.

Yed­dyu­rappa at­tacked Ku­maraswamy for ad­mit­ting to hav­ing asked Sha­rangouda to go for the meet­ing.

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