It’s matter of national shame: Congress attacks BJP on ‘Operation Lotus’

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 February 2019, 12:42 PM
Randeep Surjewala will address the press conference. (File Photo)
Randeep Surjewala will address the press conference. (File Photo)

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Saturday accused Bharatiya Janata Party’s BS Yeddyurappa of attempting to destabilise the ruling Congress-JDS coalition by offering 12 MLAs ministerial post and post of chairman in different boards. “It (audio clips) states that BS Yeddyurappa is offering Rs 10 crore per MLA and in his deliberation, it's clear there are 18 MLAs. Therefore, it comes at the rate of around Rs 200 crore. He's offering 12 MLAs minister post, 6 were offered chairman posts in different boards,” Venugopal said.

“He is also offering election expenses to MLAs after they resign. They offered Rs 50 crore to the speaker for not disqualifying his MLAs. Clippings are referring to the names of Amit Shah & Narendra Modi ji for managing here & there through Yeddyurappa himself,” he added.

Reacting to the development, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala slammed the BJP saying its matter of national shame that the trio of – Amit Shah, PM Modi, and Yeddyurappa – is trying to destabilise a government.

“In what capacity is BJP Karnataka President and former CM discussing approaching SC judges to get the case right? Have Narendra Modi & Amit Shah given them such assurances? Has the SC become a 'jebi dukaan' of BJP?” he added.

Earlier on Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy released audio clips of the alleged conversation of Yeddyurappa luring Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs. "Without the knowledge of the prime minister, is it possible to do all this," Kumaraswamy said, as he lashed out at PM Modi and asked him to come clean on the issue. “Modi and Amit Shah are doing all this," he added.

Kumaraswamy said he would send the audio clips to the prime minister who, he said, claims about being "the only saviour of this country”.

Kumaraswamy alleged there were two audio clips which had recorded the telephonic conversation between Yeddyurappa and Sharan Gouda, son of JDS lawmaker Naganagouda, whom the BJP leader was trying to woo with money and other offers.

  Feb 09, 2019  10:10 (IST)

Karnataka CM released audio clippings of deliberation of Yeddyurappa with one of the brother of JD(S) MLA revealing dirty politics of Modi ji & Amit Shah to destabilise the Karnataka govt, says Venugopal.

  Feb 09, 2019  10:10 (IST)

Entire country is shocked by hearing the news from Karnataka yesterday, says Venugopal.

  Feb 09, 2019  10:02 (IST)

Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal alleges the BJP of trying to destabilise Karnataka government.

  Feb 09, 2019  10:01 (IST)

Congress press conference begins. 

  Feb 09, 2019  09:51 (IST)

According to reports, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala will address media on Rafale deal. 

  Feb 09, 2019  09:51 (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address the media on Rafale but latest reports suggest that he will not be present at the briefing.  

  Feb 09, 2019  09:48 (IST)

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First Published: Saturday, February 09, 2019 09:42 AM
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