Voice on tape mine, ad­mits BSY, but says HDK doc­tored it

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Hub­balli/Ben­galuru: Kar­nataka BJP pres­i­dent BS Yed­dyu­rappa on Sun­day dropped a bomb­shell by ad­mit­ting that the voice in an au­dio clip re­leased by CM HD Ku­maraswamy was in­deed his. The CM had re­leased the au­dio tape on Fri­day al­leg­ing that Yed­dyu­rappa was try­ing to buy the loy­alty of a JD(S) MLA. The BJP leader, who had ini­tially claimed that the clip was fake, has now done a U-turn.

The clip re­leased by the CM had an al­leged con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Yed­dyu­rappa, BJP MLA Shivanagouda Naik and Sha­ranagouda, son of JD(S) MLA from Gur­mitkal, Na­ganagouda Kan­dakur, at the in­spec­tion bun­ga­low in De­vadurga in Raichur late on Thurs­day night.

Yed­dyu­rappa, who ar­rived at Hub­bali on Sun­day, told re­porters that Ku­maraswamy had doc­tored the clip to suit his political ends. “It is true that I met Sha­rangouda,” Yed­dyu­rappa said. “Ku­maraswamy sent the MLA’s son to me to make me speak ac­cord­ing to their re­quire­ments and then doc­tored and edited the au­dio. The CM him­self seems to have writ­ten the script for the record­ing,” he added.

Cashing in on Yed­dyu­rappa’s un­ex­pected ad­mis­sion, Congress stepped up the at­tack on him and de­manded that he take political ‘sanyas’.

Deputy chief min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara said Yed­dyu­rappa should stick to his prom­ise and re­tire from politics.

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