Bengaluru, Feb 8: Opposition Leader in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa, who is also BJP State President has offered to retire from politics if it was proved that he took name of Speaker Ramesh Kumar allegedly during talks with a JDS legislator last night.
Sharply reacting to audio released by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy alleging that he had taken name of the Speaker during the talks, Mr Yeddyurappa said that "first of all the audio is fake and if it was proved that I took the name of the Speaker I will quit politics. By alleging that I took the name of the Speaker, he (Mr Kumaraswamy) has damaged the decorum of office of the Speaker."
Terming the Audio released by Mr Kumaraswamy as fake, Mr Yeddyurappa alleged that "he (Mr Kumaraswamy) is from film field and capable of producing fake audio and video. Earlier, Mr Kumaraswamy in a press conference has released audio in which alleged conversion of Mr Yeddyurappa with a Legislator inviting him to join BJP and offering him money and assuring funds for his re-election.
Mr Yeddyurappa said that "we have already stated that two independent MLAs are with BJP and they too have made public about it. It was JDS which is trying to woo BJP Legislator Guttedar. Mr Kumaraswamy should first give reply for this. He is trying to coverup his ill doings by alleging BJP of indulging in horse trading."
Clarifying that BJP will attend the Budget presentation and participate in the discussion, Mr Yeddyurappa warned saying that "this government will not be allowed to continue." (UNI)