BJP protests in Karnataka Assembly against SIT probe in Yeddyurappa’s audio clip row

 The BJP MLAs today protested in Karnataka assembly against formation of SIT to investigate audio tape, released by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, exposing BJP state chief’s `Operation Lotus’ for poaching ruling-party MLAs. BJP MLAs created uproar protesting in the Wall.

Instead, former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa demanded a house committee to probe the matter. “We will not get any justice through SIT investigation as it will be under the Chief Minister. I am going to discuss in detail with the speaker,” he said.

The audio clip allegedly contains a conversation between Yeddyurappa and JD(S) MLA Nagangouda Kandkur’s son Sharanagouda. Kumaraswamy alleged that Yeddyurappa was purportedly trying to lure a JD(S) MLA.

Following the party line, BJP MLA Sri Ramulu said: “We have demanded a judicial enquiry into the matter instead of SIT that will be under Chief Minister. We are ready for the investigation.”

After the Karnataka Assembly Speaker’s direction, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the audio clip incident. He ordered that the probe in the matter should be finished within 15 days.

Later former chief minister Siddaramaiah said that BJP is fearing any such probe would expose them. He recalled that first, Yeddyurappa had denied the audio didn’t contained his voice. Later, he said, same Yedyurappa admitted it was his voice, but alleged the tape was doctored.

Minister BP Patel wondered that why BJP is fearing for a probe, as the ruling coalition is ready to face expecting the truth will come out.

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