Amid tape row, BSY meets Modi

De­spite CM’s al­le­ga­tions, Modi didn’t in­quire about the tapes, say aides of BJP State chief

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

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

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