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Cong in Karna to file police complaint over audio clip

Press Trust of India  |  Bengluru 

A day after an audio clip triggered fresh charges of attempts by BJP to topple the HD Kumaraswamy ministry, the state Tuesday said it would lodge a police complaint over the issue while asserting all MLAs of the party and its ruling partner JDS were with the government.

On behalf of the KPCC, we are lodging a complaint to find out between whom the conversation took place... Conspiracies are being hatched, which must be investigated at the government level," Karnataka Pradesh Committee told reporters here.

He asserted that no MLA from the or JD(S) was ready to switch sides. "We all are together."

The audio clip which surfaced Monday and went viral contained purported conversation between a confidant of BJP MLA B Sriramulu and a discussing that at least 10 to 11 MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) were ready to switch sides with specific names being mentioned.

"They have been offered Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore and ministership. By the second week it has to happen," the confidant is heard purportedly saying in Hindi in the audio.

Sriramulu Tuesday rejected the charges and questioned the authenticity of the audio clip.

The former told reporters that his personal assistant never spoke in Hindi.

Meanwhile, Ballari-based baron and former BJP G Janardhana Reddy Tuesday visited the Jindal Naturecure Institute in the city, adding more fuel to the speculations since two Congress MLAs were undergoing treatment there.

However, both the MLAs denied any contact between them and Reddy.

The ruling coalition had in the past too accused BJP of attempting to poach its MLAs, a charge denied by the saffron party.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 20:35 IST
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