Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in a viral video clip was heard admitting that the BJP was behind the resignations of the 17 rebel lawmakers from the Congress-JDS government, forcing its collapse.
The viral video is supposedly from a BJP core committee meeting in Hubballi, where BS Yediyurappa was addressing a gathering of MLAs. The video is recorded by one of the members at the meeting captured the audio, but Yediyurappa cannot be seen in the video.
In the clip Yediyurappa says that the BJP national president and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, knew about the plans of the rebel MLAs who camped at a five-star hotel in Mumbai, skipping the floor test despite party whips.
“You do know, don’t you, that it wasn’t Yediyurappa who made them take this decision. The national president was aware of this and supervised this and made all arrangements. You do know this? You do know, don’t you, about the decision of 17 people – they were away in Mumbai for two-three months and were not able to go to their constituencies or see their families. You do know that, don’t you?” the Chief Minister was heard saying.
“Unusually, they helped us, who should have been on the opposition for the rest of the term. They helped us become the ruling party. They gave their resignation as MLAs, went to the Supreme Court. Knowing all this – we should stand by them, come what may,” he added.
“But none of you has said this. I did not expect this from you. I am sorry. I didn’t need to become CM (Chief Minister). I have been CM three or four times. I have seen this. I now feel I have committed a crime by becoming CM after making them have faith in me,” Yediyurappa said.
While responding to the viral clip, Yediyurappa did not challenge its authenticity and said that he was speaking to BJP workers “in the interest of the party”.
The BJP came to power in Karnataka in July this year after 14 Congress, three JDS MLAs and one independent MLA revolted against the 13-month old HD Kumaraswamy government.
The then Speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified all the rebel MLAs whose petition challenging the order is pending before the Supreme Court.
Yediyurappa caught yet again!
In Hubli, Yeddy accepts Operation Kamala on 17 MLAs, says Shah was involved fully in the plan & arranging MLAs stay in Mumbai
He also says on Nov 4th, he is 99% sure of SC verdict going in their favor😲
Request SC to take cognisance of this tape pic.twitter.com/ZOkz7KzvSI
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) November 1, 2019