MUMBAI: Indian National Congress has released original video of #YeddyurappaDiaries in a tweet.
“In March we had released the photocopy, now a video! Yeddy is said to have paid crores to the then BJP leadership & present Cabinet Ministers ! Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga?,” the tweet by Rachit Seth, National Media Coordinator of All India Congress Committee, read.
On March 22, The Caravan magazine reported that documents accessed by magazine reveal that the income-tax department is in possession of copies of diary entries in the handwriting of the prominent BJP leader and the former chief minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, that note payoffs amounting to over Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP’s national leaders, its central committee, and judges and advocates.
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“Yeddyurappa recorded these alleged payouts in a Karnataka state assembly legislator’s 2009 diary, in Kannada, in his own hand. Copies of these entries have been with the income-tax department since 2017,” the magazine report added.
Following the magazine expose, the Congress party came out on the offensive against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Congress said the news report had accused the top leadership of the BJP of major corruption and demanded answers from the ruling party.
The Congress’s allegations were based on a news report published by The Caravan that claimed to have a diary with notes of Yeddyurappa having paid over Rs 1,800 crore to national BJP leaders such as Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkiri and Rajnath Singh as well as judges and advocates.
Congress’s Randeep Surjewala, at a press conference in New Delhi, then demanded answers from the BJP over the news report, asking if the allegations were true. The BJP is yet to comment on the new allegations.
“Is it [the report] 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 ji and BJP not get it investigated?” Surjewala asked at his press conference.
Surjewala also demanded to know who the “beneficiaries” of the money funnelled by Yeddyurappa were and said, “It is a fit case to be investigated by the newly constituted Lok Pal.”