Karnataka drama: Congress releases 3 more audio clips

Bengaluru: A day after releasing a sensational audio clip in which mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy can be heard trying to lure a Congress MLA by offering to make him a minister so that he “can make 100 times more money”, the Congress party on Saturday released three separate audio clips alleging that BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP General Secretary, Muralidhar Rao, former minister, B. Sriramulu and Mr Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra luring Congress MLAs with cash and Cabinet berths to switch over to their side.

Based on a tape released by the Congress, the Congress made serious allegations against Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y. Vijayendra, accusing him of luring a Congress MLA with Rs 15 crore to support the BJP during floor test.

In an audio clip (this newspaper could not verify the authentification of this audio) released by Congress leader, V.S. Ugrappa which is going viral, Mr Vijayendra is purportedly heard negotiating with the MLA’s wife. In the call allegedly between Mr Puttaswamy and Mr Hebbar’s wife, the former says, “If you want only cash, let us do 15. If you want cabinet ministry, let us do 5.” The Congress alleges that Puttaswamy is offering `5 crore and a ministry, or just Rs 15 crore, in return for Mr Hebbar’s support. 

Mr Puttaswamy also allegedly promises to clear the cases against the wife and the son, who are facing a trial in a mining scam.

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