BSY agrees it’s his voice on tapes, but sees plot by HDK

The New Indian Express - - NEWS -

TWO days af­ter claim­ing the au­dio tapes re­leased by Kar­nataka Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy were fake, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pres­i­dent B S Yed­dyu­rappa on Sun­day con­ceded that he in­deed met Sha­ranagouda Kand­kur, the son of Gur­mitkal JD(S) MLA Na­ganagouda Kand­kur. Yed­dyu­rappa, how­ever, al­leged that the tapes were doc­tored to give the im­pres­sion he had tried to lure the MLA’s son. The state BJP chief, who had vowed to re­tire from pol­i­tics if the tapes were proven true, ac­cused the CM of in­dulging in “third-class pol­i­tics” by con­spir­ing and ‘il­le­gally record­ing phone con­ver­sa­tions with­out consent’. “This is black­mail and con­spir­acy. The CM him­self sent the MLA’s son to me in the dead of the night to make at­tempts to talk to me. He has re­tained what suits his con­ve­nience and left out what doesn’t,” he said. Yed­dyu­rappa claimed Na­gan­gouda’s son aired some griev­ances. “He ar­rived at Deo­durg cir­cuit house when I was asleep. I spoke to him out of cour­tesy. What­ever Ku­maraswamy is claim­ing was never dis­cussed,” he added.

He (Kar­nataka Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy) seems to have edited the au­dio to tar­nish my im­age

B S Yed­dyu­rappa, pres­i­dent, BJP Kar­nataka unit

YED­DYU­RAPPA’S ac­knowl­edge­ment of the tapes was met with mock­ery by Ku­maraswamy, who con­grat­u­lated him for fi­nally con­fess­ing, while the Congress de­manded that he re­sign. “Af­ter rub­bish­ing the bribery tapes re­leased by @ CMofKar­nataka, @BJP4Kar­nataka chief @BSYBJP has now ad­mit­ted that he met Shankar­gouda, son of Gur­mitkal MLA. Mr Yed­dyu­rappa should keep up his prom­ise and quit all his posts for desta­bil­is­ing the govern­ment through horse­trad­ing (sic)”, KPCC pres­i­dent Di­nesh Gundu Rao tweeted. The state BJP chose to back its em­bat­tled pres­i­dent and re­leased a state­ment ac­cus­ing the CM of hatch­ing a con­spir­acy. “This is the first time in the his­tory of In­dian pol­i­tics where the chief min­is­ter has burnt the mid­night oil to pre­pare a fake CD in or­der to black­mail his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. It is a tragedy that the chief min­is­ter is in­dulging in this nasty pol­i­tics,” the party said.

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