- Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC) K Govindaraju’s diary was leaked earlier this year.
- It came to be known as the 'diarygate' scandal as it had names of central Congress leaders who allegedly received crores of rupees donations.
Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC) K Govindaraju’s diary was leaked earlier this year. It came to be known as the 'diarygate' scandal as it had names of central Congress leaders who allegedly received crores of rupees donations. Sources in the BJP say, they plan to get Govindraju arrested before elections.
However, MLC Govindraju says he is not afraid and is ready to face any political conspiracy against him. A source in the BJP said, the back to back allegations of corruption against ruling Congress and names of senior congress leaders in dairy seized by IT department has already put the government in the backfoot and now, the arrest of Govindraju will put the Karnataka CM in a tight spot.
"The arrest is timed close to elections. By this arrest BJP will be able to give a severe blow. The issue of steel bridge and donations to party leaders will be pitched before the urban voters," said a source remarking on the campaign plans.
BJP Spokesperson Prakash said, Govindraju has to face the law if he has doen wrong. The Enforcement Directorate and IT department will have to question the MLC and he needs to give a convincing reply. "Govindraju cannot just escape from ED and IT department by giving any lame excuse and answers. The seized dairy which he claims was not his will not be accepted by officials as two witness have also been recorded after the raids," said Prakash.
Last year in March, IT Department raided the houses of MLC Govindraju in Indiranagar, MLC U Mallikarjun's house at Jayanagar and producer-turned politician JDS MLC CR Manohar's house at Sarjapura for alleged unaccounted assets and wealth.
By end of the year, the diary supposedly had reached BJP's hand and it's president BS Yeddyurappa accused the Karnataka Congress of giving public money as donation to central leaders.
However, MLC Govindraju says, he is ready to face raids and even court arrest, "Coming to politics is not easy as such allegations and conspiracies are planned every other day. I will also prepare myself and fight legally," he said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:00 PM IST