Congress, BSY fight over the ‘diary’

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 16, 2019

Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa

The Congress on Monday released an alleged video of senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s diary and reiterated their argument that the former Karnataka chief minister bribed his party’s leaders in 2012.

The Congress had earlier also made such an allegation, but the Income Tax Department had made it clear that it was forged and fake.

Releasing the “video” of the diary, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal urged the Income Tax authorities to take cognizance and hold a thorough probe into it.

The party also demanded that the newly constituted Lokpal should register a case against Yeddyurappa and BJP leaders, whose names are figuring in the alleged diary.

Sibal alleged that the diary showed that approximately ₹1,800 crore was given to BJP’s national leadership in 2012.

“When ministers were asked about this diary, they refused to reply. We demanded investigation on this matter through Lokpal,” Sibal said.

‘Challenges PM’

Sibal challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to file an FIR against Yeddyurappa based on the diary.

“This is a cognizable offence and all top BJP leaders are involved in this matter. This is an original diary. If Modi believes that Yeddyurappa is lying then they should file an FIR against him,” Sibal added.

Sibal added that all the details, such as the source of the money mentioned in the diary should be thoroughly investigated.

Earlier too, the Congress had released a couple of pages of the alleged diary.

‘Bogus documents’

A statement, issued through a party spokesman in Karnataka, said the Congress has released bogus documents.

“It may be noted that Income Tax department itself had said the document had not been validated when the Congress had released it earlier.

But the fact that they have again released it shows their frustration with the growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added.


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Published on April 15, 2019

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