Audio leak makes Yeddyurappa defensive, gets bail

BJP’s Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa, who was confident of over-throwing HD Kumaraswami’s coalition government by engineering few defections from ruling parties by pushing `Operation Lotus’, even before the end of the Budget Assembly session, is now seems to be in defence, even the session was completed without much hardships.

The audio leak by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy helped to expose `Operation Lotus’ and makes Yeddyurappa defensive. That makes him to give up his efforts to return as Chief Minister.

This has also given confidence to Congress-JD(S) coalition that hereafter BJP cannot attempt to destabilise their government and now they started focusing on forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Now they are attempting to win 20 of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state and started identifying constituencies that each party need to contest.

Meanwhile, the absence of Yeddyurappa at the party’s meeting in Singhadhara, held by party chief Amit Shah, two days ago, as a preparation for the Lok Sabha polls. Indications are available that it was Amit Shah want him to be away from the meeting expecting that his presence may put the party in defensive brining audio issue into forefront.

On the other hand, BS Yeddyurappa, Preetham Gowda, Shivanna Gowda, and Marakal, today, got bail in the case registered by Sharanagouda, son of Gurmitkal MLA Naganagouda Kandkur, over an alleged call made to him by Yeddyurappa. 

The bail granted by City Civil Special Court also asked all the four to pay Rs 1 lakh each as bond. Sharanagouda, on Wednesday, had filed a police complaint against the BJP leaders over an alleged audiotape released by Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

The controversial audio clip allegedly contains a conversation between BJP state president Yeddyurappa and Sharanagouda. Kumaraswamy alleged that Yeddyurappa was purportedly trying to lure a JD(S) MLA. The complaint was filed at Devadurga police station under Section 506 of IPC (Punishment for criminal intimidation).

This comes after Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, on the direction of the Speaker, had constituted a SIT to probe into the audio clip incident. He ordered that the probe in the matter should be finished within 15 days.

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