Newdelhi:21/5/18;Congress legislator Shivaram Hebbar said on Monday an audio clip released by his party to allege that the BJP reached out to him for cross-voting during the floor test in the Karnataka assembly was “fake” ahead of a meeting between Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.Hebbar questioned the authenticity of the audio clip in a Facebook post in Kanadda, saying his wife did not receive any call from the Bharatiya Janata Party. “This is not my wife’s voice and she has not received any such calls. The audio tape is fake. I condemn it,” he wrote.
The Congress had released three audio tapes in the run-up to the floor test, claiming BJP leaders were trying to “poach” party’s MLAs by offering “blandishments” so that the BS Yeddyurappa government is saved.One of the audio tapes released by the party allegedly recorded a conversation between Hebbar’s wife and BJP leaders, who allegedly offered money and ministerial post to woo him to vote for the BJP.The May 12 Karnataka assembly polls threw up a hung assembly and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats but eight short of a majority. Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government and BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister.The Congress alleged that the BJP was indulging in horse-trading as the floor test approached and released the audio tapes to back their charges.