Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday, 22 March, addressed a press conference accusing senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa of paying over Rs 1,500 crore to the party's national leaders during his tenure as Karnataka chief minister.
Surjewala, citing The Caravan report, stated that Yeddyurappa paid a total of Rs 1,800 crore including payouts to the party’s central committee, judges and advocates.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also tweeted attacking the BJP on the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ pitch.
BJP ke sare Chowkidar Chor Hai.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 22, 2019
The Congress demanded that ‘Chowkidar’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi and every individual who has been named in the report should respond to the allegations and be called for an investigation into the diary.
Surjewala also demanded that the Lokpal must look into the matter.
The report stated that Yeddyurappa recorded these alleged payouts in a Karnataka state Assembly legislator’s 2009 diary, in Kannada. Surjewala, quoting the report, added that the former CM’s signature was found on every page.
"“Is it true or false? The diary with BS Yeddyurappa’s sign on it was with the Income Tax Department since 2017. If that is the case, why did Modi and the BJP not get it investigated?”" - Randeep Surjewala, Congress Spokesperson
The report states that Yeddyurappa paid top BJP politicians, including Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and veteran leaders like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Calling Yeddyurappa a "habitual offender," Surjewala stressed that this was not a Karnataka issue but that the entire nation should be concerned as Rs 1,800 crore is not a "small amount."
BJP Calls Documents Fake
Soon after Congress’ charge, Yeddyurappa, in an official statement, said that the I-T department has already said that the documents produced by Congress are fake.
The official Twitter handle of BJP’s Karnataka unit has also called the handwriting, signature and diary fake.
Randeep Surjewala just wasted good amount of media personals time talking absolute nonsense & releasing fake diary written & scripted by Congress themselves— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) March 22, 2019
Handwriting & the signature on the dairy released by @INCIndia is as fake as the diary itself.
Here is the proof ? pic.twitter.com/tVjxnQHyfN
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