Diary threatens to dethrone Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The diary allegedly has information on kickbacks paid by Karnataka Congress leaders to the party high command in New Delhi.

Diary threatens to dethrone Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah



A diary seized by Income Tax sleuths  during a raid at the residence of Karnataka Congress MLC Govindaraj, known to be close to top leaders in the ruling party and a party fund-raiser, has kicked a political storm in the state with state Opposition BJP baying for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's resignation.

The diary allegedly has information on kickbacks paid by Karnataka Congress leaders to the party high command in New Delhi.

A copy of the diary, which was allegedly found in MLC Govindaraju’s house during an I-T raid in March 2016, was circulated to a few TV channels late on Thursday night. The channels reported that kickbacks were allegedly paid to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and party treasurer Motilal Vohra by state Congress leaders.

The contents of the diary have initials along with the amount paid by said individuals to the party high command, media reports suggested.

Demanding that CM Siddaramaiah and his associates involved in ‘bribegate’ must quit their posts, state BJP Chief Yeddyurappa said on Thursday night that the alleged kickbacks amount to Rs 1,000 crore.

The hand-written entries "has initials like 'SG', which stood for Sonia Gandhi, 'RG' Rahul Gandhi, 'MV' Motilal Vohra and 'DVGS' for Digvijaya Singh," said Yeddyurappa, according to a news agency.

“The Congress leaders were sending money to the party and some of it so as to get the controversial steel flyover project sanctioned as it has been stayed by the NGT,” Yeddyurappa alleged.

When BS Yeddyurappa was the Chief Minister of Karnataka, he was made to step down from his ministerial post due to corruption allegations.

The expose has set off a series of protests across the state. On Friday, BJP Yuva Morcha activists protested at Mysore Bank Circle demanding that CM Siddaramaiah resign from his post, The News Minute reported.

A similar protest was carried out outside PWD Minister HC Mahadevappa’s house in Mysuru by the BJP Yuva Morcha.

In Gadag, BJP leaders protested saying that the Congress has brought shame to the public office by indulging in corruption. BJP workers claimed that “the people’s representatives were deceiving the public”.

In Shivamogga, Leader of Opposition in Vidhana Parishad, KS Eshwarappa said a CBI inquiry must be launched into the contents of the diary.

Meanwhile, Govindaraju denied the existence of the diary and told media persons that it was planted by the BJP to shame the Congress ahead of the polls.