21 January, 2021

Playlist Of The Besieged: Karnataka Audio Clips Release Sends BJP On The Back Foot

The malodorous audio clips controversy further muddies Karnataka’s political waters

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Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Hubli, 400 kms north of Bangalore, on February 10
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Playlist Of The Besieged: Karnataka Audio Clips Release Sends BJP On The Back Foot

The audio clips have taken Karnataka by storm and created a furore in Parliament. Coming amidst the state’s volatile political situation, the clips—released by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy as proof of all­eged horse-trading attempts by the oppo­sition BJP—prompted intense deb­ate in the assembly, with speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar expressing his ang­uish about the insinuations. One of the purported conversations men­tio­ned a bribe of Rs 50 crore to the spea­ker. “It’s the wearer who knows where the shoe pinches,” said Ramesh Kumar as he requested the government for a fast-tracked probe into the matter.

Before Kumaraswamy’s dramatic press conference on February 8, an air of uncertainty hung over his government’s survival. The JD(S)-Congress coalition has been struggling to contain four of its legislators who have struck a rebellious stand, with concerns that a few others could also abstain or cross-vote, if such a situation arose during the ongoing budget session. But, by releasing the audio clips,...



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