Karnataka: Congress to file a police complaint about the audio clip


A day after an audio clip came fresh charges of attempts by BJP to topple the HD Kumaraswamy ministry, the state Congress Tuesday said it would lodge a police complaint about the matter while asserting all MLAs of the party and its ruling partner JDS was with the government.

“On behalf of the KPCC, we are lodging a complaint to find out between whom the talk took place… Conspiracies are being hatched, which must be investigated at the government level,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters here.

He asserted that no MLA from the Congress or JD(S) was ready to move their sides. “We all are together,” he said.

The audio clip which surfaced Monday and went viral contained purported conversation between a confidant of BJP MLA B Sriramulu and a Dubai-based businessman talking that at least 10 to 11 MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) were ready to switch sides with specific names being mentioned.

“They have been offered Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore and ministership. By the second week, it has to happen,” the confidant is heard purportedly talking in Hindi in the audio.

Sriramulu Tuesday denied the charges and questioned the authenticity of the audio clip.

The former Ballari MP told reporters that his personal assistant never spoke in Hindi.

Meanwhile, Ballari-based mining baron and former BJP minister G Janardhana Reddy Tuesday saw the Jindal Naturecure Institute in the city, adding more fuel to the speculations since two Congress MLAs were undergoing treatment there.

However, both the MLAs denied any contact between them and Reddy.

The ruling coalition had in the past too accused BJP of attempting to poach its MLAs, a charge denied by the saffron party.

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