The BJP leaders' strategy to corner the Siddaramaiah government in the Congress MLC Govindaraj's diary controversy seems to have backfired, now.
The BJP had released MLC Govindaraj's diary which had allegedly mentioned that Siddaramaiah had sanctioned the steel flyover contract for a Rs 150 cr kickback, of which Rs 65 crore was already received, and also amount was paid to the party high command. However, in a few days, the Congress countered the BJP's allegations in its style by releasing a video clip that had BJP state president Yeddyurappa and Union Minister HN Ananth Kumar discussing on how to politically use the issue. While the BJP leaders had vehemently denied that the audio was a doctored one, the Forensic Laboratory has now confirmed that the voice in the clip was of Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar, reports Suvarna News. This has certainly upset the plans of the BJP leaders who were planning to take advantage of the issue during the elections.
In the video, Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar (at a party programme) were purportedly heard discussing how the issue can be used politically to destabilise Congress government. "Let them go around issuing denials till the elections," Ananth Kumar was purportedly heard saying.
While the Congress leaders had questioned how Govindaraj's diary seized during the IT raids reached BJP leaders. Congress leaders even went on to ask whether Yeddyurappa was part of the Income Tax department?
Following this, Congress spokesman Ivon D'Souza had complained with Malleswaram police station. The audio clip that was examined by the FSL has now confirmed that the voices in the clip were of Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar, reports Suvarna News.
Since the contents of the clip refer to corruption, the police are planning to hand over the case to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa on Sunday reacted that he would not be bogged down by the cases lodged against him in the ACB. "Let them file hundreds of cases against me. The anti-corruption bureau is nothing but a government agency. It never acts against corrupt Congress ministers," Yeddyurappa decried.