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Congress accuses BJP national leadership of horse trading to destablise Karnataka government

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): Citing purported audio tape conversations allegedly involving former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, the Congress on Saturday accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka through corruption and horse trading and sought to link its national leadership - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah - in the episode.

Addressing a press conference, AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal and party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Yeddyurappa tapes now establish a "new low" in the politics of corruption, bribery and "sinister attempt to misuse the entire judiciary up to the Supreme Court to bring down an elected government in Karnataka".

A scandalous claim has been made by naming Modi and Shah that the Supreme Court judges would be approached to fix the cases of the MLAs who will defect in violation of the anti-defection law, they said.

The audio clip relates to a purported discussion between Yeddyurappa and Shan Gowda, son of JD(S) legislator Nagana Gowda from Gurmitkal constituency, a few days ago.

"In this audio clip, it is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will approach Supreme Court judges and take care of any conflict that will arise from this," Surjewala said.

He asked whether the Chief Justice of India would take action and issue notice against BJP for such practices.

The two leaders said another "sensational revelation" from the audio clip was that the Governor was being treated as a "puppet" and was being used to destabilise an elected government in Karnataka and the BJP has "offered" Rs 50 Crore to the Vidhan Sabha Speaker.

"We witnessed the newest low in politics when not only BJP Karnataka's senior leaders were involved in horse trading and corruption but also revealed the role of Modi and Shah in it," Surjewala said.

He said that the audio clippings were making clear that Yeddyurappa was offering Rs 10 crore to each MLA and 12 people were offered ministerial positions and six were offered the position chairman of various boards.

"Where did this money come from? Is this black money or white money?" he asked.

Venugopal said that the Karnataka government will continue, irrespective of whatever the BJP may be trying.

"We are 100 per cent sure about it. BJP's type of politics should be condemned," he said.

"From day one, since H.D. Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister, BJP's national leadership is trying to destabilise the government through horse-trading."


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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    The correct word is shark trading. The politicians are nothing but sharks waiting for big money. Rest is all noise by them.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    BJP, do they know anything other than horse trading?

    When Yeddyurappa took control of Karnataka in September 2008, daily attacks against the Christians was the routine, blaming that forced conversion is taking place. Now, no attacks under the former Congress Government and in the current administration. Why forced conversion only under the BJP rule? Horse trader's excuse?

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  • Tuluva, Tulunadu

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    Shame on Congress people.It is making all its efforts to tarnish the image of BJP,BJP state president and undermining the developments already made by Modi government at the centre in four years just to remain in power.This video clipping is another ploy of coalition government of JDS and congress to spoil the name of state BJP in order to save this coalition government as far as possible but it is like a bubble on the water.Whatever congress is trying to do with all its mights,will boomerang very shortly because of their own internal quarrels and government will fall in its own without the interference of outside party or force."Vinashekaale Vipareeta Buddhi".This will be proved by congress party,no second thought or doubt about it.This video story is fabricated,fiction story.B S Yeduyurappa may be trying his best to topple the government as he got 104 members with him but for sure he will not step into that low,mean level politics.Proper probe should be advised in this regard.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    Shameless politicians.. They are doing Horse & Donkey Riding and accusing others of horse trading..

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    What is wrong in that Mr.Mallu? Your party did the same thing in Mandya recently...Are your MLAs are so much weak in Karnataka? Kya boltha bayi! Yenda pareyunu kutty ?

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    Our constitution makes us not enemies of one another or rivals for power. Politicians are trustees, elected for the welfare of the nation. Instead of looking at the welfare of citizens, the horse trading for power among different political parties, is not expected from custodians of our nation. Citizens know that questions are only offensive to those who have something to hide.

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  • kp, udupi

    Sat, Feb 9 2019

    karnataka govt is totally halt now.

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