Karnataka

Audiogate: Speaker Ramesh Kumar asks CM to order SIT probe

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), February 11:- The audiogate controversy is refusing to die and it is likely to dominate the state politics for some more days. In a hurriedly called press conference on last Friday before presenting the state budget, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy alleged that state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa was trying to ‘bribe’ Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar. In fact, to authenticate his charge, Kumaraswamy released an audio tape on the occasion.

With the alleged conversation between state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa and Gurmitkal’s son MLA, Naganagouda’s son Sharanagouda taking the state politics by storm, Ramesh Kumar on Monday asked chief minister H D Kumaraswamy to set up a special investigation team to probe the whole case and submit a report within a fortnight.

The state politics is going through a turmoil ever since the Congress-JD(S) managed to form the government much to the chagrin of Yeddyurappa. Though he has been cautioned time and again by the party high command not to pursue ‘Operation Kamala’,  Yeddyurappa seems to be hell-bent on pulling the government down. Though the Lingayat strongman keeps denying such moves, the turn of events in the last couple of months point a finger at him.

Given the present equation, Yeddyurappa may not succeed in his attempt to dethrone the coalition government. Many insiders say it is perhaps one last chance for Yeddyurappa to be chief minister again and it is this desperate situation which is making him go all out.

While trying to give clarification, Yeddyurappa on Sunday claimed the whole tape has been doctored though he did not deny meeting Sharanagouda.

To put an end to the confusion surrounding the audiogate, Ramesh Kumar rightly asked Kumaraswamy to order a thorough probe into the whole episode. (MR).

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