Karnataka Elections: Congress claims it set tape trap, BJP walked in

Behind the string of audio recordings of BJP leaders allegedly trying to lure Congress MLAs to switch sides, are an alleged middleman and a Congress operation to “trap BJP in the act”, claim party sources.

In the 24 hours before B S Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister in the Karnataka Assembly, the Congress released six audio recordings of BJP leaders, among those the recording of a purported conversation between Bellary mining baron and BJP leader Janardhan Reddy and Congress MLA Basanagouda Daddal on Friday night, and two more on Saturday — while MLAs took the oath of office — allegedly involving Yeddyurappa and BJP general secretary and Karnataka-in-charge Muralidhar Rao.

Congress sources said the plan to record the conversations began three days ago, when an alleged middleman for the BJP approached the state leadership.

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“The middleman told us that he had been asked to find MLAs for the BJP and that senior leaders would personally talk to members willing to switch sides. We discussed this with senior party leaders and decided to use the information to trap BJP leaders in the act of negotiating with our MLAs,’’ said a senior Congress leader, who played a central role in the release of the audio clips.

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