Days after the Congress party released taped conversations which allegedly expose the BJP leaders of luring the Congress legislatures with money and ministries in return for voting for the BS Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka, Congress MLA Shivarm Hebbar has dismissed the alleged taped conversations between BJP leaders and his wife Vanajakshi.
Hebbar, who defeated BJP candidate VS Patil Andalagi from Yellapur constituency, took to Facebook on Saturday to brush off the alleged taped conversation released by his fellow partyman VS Ugrappa.
"This is not my wife's voice and she has not received any such calls. The audio tape is fake. I condemn it," he wrote in his Facebook post.
The audio tapes released by Ugrappa allege that two representatives of BJP - Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra and party leader BJ Puttuswamy approached Hebbar's wife, offering money and ministerial position to desert the Congress and vote for the BJP during the floor test in the Assembly. In these audios, both Vijayendra and Puttaswamy are heard offering Rs 15 crore without a minister's post and Rs 5 crore with him as a minister. Puttaswamy also allegedly promises to clear the cases against the wife and the son, who are facing a trial in a mining scam. In a separate call, Vijayendra is allegedly heard saying that Hebbar's political career is taken care of.
Meanwhile, BJP has dismissed the audio tapes as fake and accused the Congress Party of playing antics to prevent BJP from forming its government in the state.
Earlier on Saturday, after hours of high-octane filled political drama, Yeddyurappa announced his resignation from the post of the chief minister just before the floor test to prove the party's majority in the Assembly. This surprise decision has however worked in favour of the alliance of Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular, who are all set to form a new government in the state. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the new chief minister of the state on May 23.