BENGALURU/NEW DELHI :
Bengaluru/New Delhi: Former Karnataka chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday dismissed corruption allegations made against him by the Congress and threatened legal action if it failed to prove the charges.
Yeddyurappa was reacting to statements made by the Congress based on an article published by The Caravan magazine on Friday which alleged that he had made payouts of around ₹1,800 crore to central leaders of the party during his term as chief minister between 2008 and 2011.
“Congress leaders who are apt in carrying out all these atrocious and malicious campaigns have planted this story in the media to gain political mileage in the coming elections," Yeddyurappa said on Friday in Bengaluru, reading out from a statement. The alleged payment of crores of rupees has already been inquired into and was ruled as “fake", he said.
“Absolute nonsense, disgusting & desperate efforts by @INCIndia to release such fake diary, prove it at the earliest or face defamation case," Yeddyurappa tweeted.
The allegations against Yeddyurappa come just weeks before the Lok Sabha elections in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking another term in office based on his anti-corruption stand and measures taken to end malpractice in public services, among other issues.
“PM Narendra Modi should come forward and tell the people whether the contents of this diary are correct or not," Randeep Singh Surjewala, the chief spokesperson of the Congress, said at a press conference in Delhi on Friday.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was also expected to hold a media briefing but gave it a miss. The Caravan article is purportedly based on diary entries by Yeddyurappa.
The BJP hit out at the Congress, saying it was “desperate because of imminent defeat" in the forthcoming elections.
“While everyone had been waiting for the press conference since the morning, it was found that it was all about a mountain out of a molehill, but here there was not even a molehill. For a party of which many top leaders are out on bail and suffering many court proceedings, the Congress has now resorted to creating a web of lies," Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a press conference.
The article says the diary was among items confiscated when the Income Tax department raided the home of senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar in August 2017.