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