Amid tape row, BSY meets Modi
Despite CM’s allegations, Modi didn’t inquire about the tapes, say aides of BJP State chief
BJP State Chief BS Yeddyurappa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday for the first time after controversial audio tapes involving him became public. Despite the direct attacks made by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy against him, PM Modi is said to have not spoken a word of it or inquired about the tapes with his State president. While leaders of the BJP pointed to paucity of time for a lack of interaction, they also highlithed how the Prime Minister was categorical about leaving the party administrative affairs to National President Amit Shah. Even as the tapes, purportedly showing BS Yeddyurappa coercing a coalition MLA’s son to support the BJP, came as a huge embarassment to the party ahead of the budget presentation on Friday, sources from the BJP who were at the Hubballi event suggested that PM Modi maintained his usual poise and refused to make any inquiries related to the incident. “First of all, PM Modi is not fluttered by such incidents and trusts his partymen. Seocndly, BS Yeddyurappa was the first BJP state leader to have endorsed Narendra Modi’s candidature for prime Minister’s post and he has immense respect for Yeddyurappa,” said an aide of the State BJP chief. In the half hour that they shared stage, BS Yeddyurappa and PM Modi shared no conversation apart from the usual greetings and pleasantaries when Yeddyurappa was presenting the Prime Minister with a Mysore Peta. PM Modi exited the venue right after his speech and headed to New Delhi.
MLA claims he was offered `25 crore from BJP to resign
Kolar: Amidst the controversy over BS Yedyurappa tapes, JDS legislator K Srinivasa Gowda, from Kolar, claimed he was offered `25 crore to resign from his post. Along with this, he says he was also offered a ministerial berth in the assembly. The legislator said that they had paid an advance of `5 crore in his Bengaluru residence, which was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister. Srinivasa Gowda said this alleged incident occurred three months back. While addressing a press conference, Gowda said he would not buy into their demands and assurances. He has won from JDS, and he would continue to work for the party and the development of the constituency. He said that the BJP dreams of forming the government by purchasing legislators, and that the dream would not come true. Gowda said one former MLA and two legislators from BJP approached him in his Bengaluru residence and paid an advance of ` 5 crore , which was in his residence for two months.
Yeddyurappa was the first BJP state leader to have endorsed Narendra Modi’s candidature for PM’s post and he has immense respect for Yeddyurappa
A BSY aide