New Delhi, Feb 9 : Charging BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa of making attempts to bring down the Cong JD(S) government in Karnataka by offering inducements to MLAs of the ruling coalition and making claims of approaching the Supreme court to fix cases of defecting MLAs, the Congress on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi register a case in Prevention of Corruption Act and Black Money Act against BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.
Releasing an audio tape of an alleged conversation between Mr Yeddyurappa and a JD(S) MLA, in which Yeddyurappa was heard offering Rs 10 crore per MLAs and Rs 50 crore to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in order to buy their loyalty, and also claiming to approach the Supreme court to fix cases of defecting MLAs, the Congress demanded that PM Modi order registration of a case in Prevention of Corruption Act and Black Money Act against BS Yeddyurappa and other party leaders.
Addressing a press conference here, AICC media in charge Randeep Surjewala and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal urged the Supreme Court to take action against the BJP.
Speaking on the issue, the AICC general secretary (organization), K C Venugopal said,'Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday released an audio clipping of B S Yeddyurappa conspiring to destabilise the Karnataka government.
In the clipping, Yeddyurappa is heard offering Rs 10 cr per MLA. He is heard offering ministerial positions to 12 MLAs and chairman position to 6 MLAs. They also made a claim that Speaker of Vidhan Sabha will be given a bribe of Rs 50 Crore so that he does not disqualify the MLAs.'
Mr Venugopal said a scandalous claim is made by naming PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, that Supreme Court judges would be approached to fix the cases of the MLA’s who will defect in violation of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution. This, he said, had brought names of PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah under cloud.
'This shows that national leaders of the BJP are desperate to form a government in Karnataka through horse trading. We want to know from where the Rs 200 cr that will be spent on this will come. The state government is being destabilised by a national elected government, 'Mr Venugopal said.
Calling it 'a matter of national shame', AICC media in-charge Mr Surjewala said,'Mr Modi gave long sermons on Black Money, Accountability and Transparency in Parliament.
Let him answer as to where is the Black Money of Rs 10 Cr per MLA for Defection and Rs 10 Cr per MLA for seeking ‘Re-election’ i.e Rs 20 Cr per MLA for 18-20, coming from? Who is providing these astronomical sums of hundreds of crores of rupees to BJP leaders?'
Daring the PM to register a case against Mr Yeddyurappa, he said,'Will PM Modi promise registration of a case in Prevention of Corruption Act and Black Money Act against BS Yeddyurappa and other party leaders? Will PM Modi conduct ED/CBI raids and register cases against BS Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders? If not, would it not establish the direct complicity of PM Modi and Amit Shah in this entire corrupt racket?'
Alleging the involvement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah , he said,'How are BJP leaders claiming that Supreme Court Judges would be approached to fix the cases of defecting MLAs? What is the connection and confidence with which names of PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Shri Amit Shah being mentioned in relation thereto? Is this part of a concerted conspiracy with the knowledge of PM Modi and Amit Shah?'
He urged the Supreme Court to take action against the BJP.
' Should the Supreme Court not take a suo motu notice of the scandalous and nefarious allegations being levelled questioning its neutrality and non-partisanship by BJP leaders, more so, when names of PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are also being openly flaunted?,' he asked.(UNI)