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

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Citing purported audio tape conversations allegedly involving former B.S. Yeddyurappa, the on Saturday accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) government in through corruption and horse trading and sought to link its national leadership - and - in the episode.

Addressing a press conference, and said the Yeddyurappa tapes now establish a "new low" in the of corruption, bribery and "sinister attempt to misuse the entire judiciary up to the to bring down an elected government in Karnataka".

A scandalous claim has been made by naming Modi and Shah that the 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) from Gurmitkal constituency, a few days ago.

"In this audio clip, it is said that and will approach judges and take care of any conflict that will arise from this," Surjewala said.

He asked whether the of 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 was being treated as a "puppet" and was being used to destabilise an elected government in and the BJP has "offered" Rs 50 Crore to the

"We witnessed the newest low in 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 of various boards.

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

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

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

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



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 14:12 IST