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Audiogate: Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar says voice is not BSY’s

Prime News, State, Bengaluru, February 9:- Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sensational press conference on Friday seems to be taking a curious turn with Speaker of the state Assembly, K R Ramesh Kumar going on record that he could not identify state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief B S Yeddyurappa’s voice in the audio and that the Lingayat strongman had offered him a bribe.

Before presenting the Budget, Kumaraswamy, in a hurriedly called press conference, released an audio tape, which allegedly claimed that BSY had said he had “booked the Speaker for Rs 50 crore.”

“I received the audio and before speaking to you (the media), I listened to it carefully. One cannot understand who said what to whom in that tape. Yeddyurappa did not say that he had bribed the Speaker. Some leaders who were trying to convince him (Sharangouda) said that Speaker is a Congress man and someone else who was present said that he had spoken to the Speaker. One cannot clearly determine who spoke those words,” Ramesh Kumar said.

He further stated that he would bring up the issue in the Assembly on Monday and launch an official inquiry into the issue. “It is not permissible for anyone to take the Speaker’s name so lightly and not respect the position. Obviously, someone spoke about it, but Yeddyurappa did not. When I don’t know who said it, what reaction can I give?” the Speaker added.

When asked if he did not think the voice sounded like Yeddyurappa’s, Ramesh Kumar lashed out at a journalist and said, “You are not doing journalism, you are doing policing. Speak with responsibility. Yeddyurappa is a former Chief Minister. I was a Speaker of the Assembly 24 years ago. He is the Leader of Opposition. You can’t be talking like that.”

Soon after the Speaker’s statement, the BJP took to Twitter claiming that Ramesh Kumar was, in turn, exposing Kumaraswamy’s accusations as false. “With every promise of his failing and his coalition government surviving on a day-to-day basis, Kumaraswamy has lost the trust of Kannadigas. To hide his failures, the “Crying Star” comes up with a new audio CD created by mimicry artists to malign our leaders,” BJP MLA from Chikkamagaluru CT Ravi tweeted.

Kumaraswamy’s allegations came amidst the BJP’s attempts to poach Congress and JD(S) leaders in order to topple the coalition government. Kumaraswamy paraded Gurmitkal MLA Nagangouda Kankur’s son Sharangouda and alleged that the BJP had called him for a secret meeting at Devadurga, where Yeddyurappa allegedly offered him Rs 20 crore and a ticket to contest elections and also the post of district-in-charge minister to his father. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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