Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today blasted Congress for spreading "a web of lies" against BJP in response to its demand for an independent probe into the expose by a magazine of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa funneling Rs 1,800 crore to BJP leaders.
"The Congress is desperate and has lost its balance,” Prasad told media persons on Friday. The Congress' allegations were based on a news report published by ‘The Caravan’ magazine alleging that there was a diary with notes of Yeddyurappa having paid over Rs 1,800 crore to BJP leaders, Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh.
Prasad said ‘fake’ diary papers were shown. "Karnataka Congress leader D Shivakumar has been involved in such allegations in the past and Shivakumar made his claims on the basis of a sheet of paper. The Income Tax Department asked him if he had the original copy of the paper but he could not present it," he said.
Earlier, Yeddyurappa said Congress and its leaders were ‘bankrupt of ideas’. They were frustrated with the growing popularity of Modi and had “lost the battle before it began”.
The Income Tax department officials had already proved that the documents were “forged and fake", Yeddyurappa is reported to have said immediately after the Congress demand for the probe.
Meanwhile, Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa claimed that corruption allegations made by the Congress against him were false and baseless, and he will file a defamation case against the party’s leaders.
Yeddyurappa said the Opposition party was frustrated with the “growing popularity” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Yeddyurappa also claimed that the Congress had planted the news report in the media to gain political mileage.
“The Congress doesn’t have any development issues to discuss in public,” Yeddyurappa said. “Congress party and its leaders are bankrupt of ideas...they have realised that their defeat in the 2019 election is imminent. They have lost the battle before it began,” he added.