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Yeddyurappa Diaries Reveal Huge pay offs to Top BJP Leaders

Friday, March 22, 2019

Yeddyurappa Diaries Reveal Huge pay offs to Top BJP Leaders

The Caravan article, published earlier on Friday, made public copies of the alleged Yeddyurappa diary entries, which describe payments to Union ministers Arun Jaitley (Rs 150 crore), Nitin Gadkari (Rs 150 crore) and Rajnath Singh (Rs 100 crore) as well as senior BJP leaders LK Advani (Rs 50 crore) and Murli Manohar Joshi (Rs 50 crore).

The IT department and the BJP govt have been sitting on copies of the Yeddyurappa diary entries since 2017. A senior IT official took copies of the pages to Jaitley, but he chose not to act. Jaitley served as BJP's Karnataka in charge between 2004–13.

caravan magazine reported that Documents accessed by The Caravan 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.

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 copies of the diary pages note that Yeddyurappa paid the BJP Central Committee Rs 1,000 crore; that he paid the finance minister Arun Jaitley and the transport minister Nitin Gadkari Rs 150 crore each; that he gave the home minister Rajnath Singh Rs 100 crore; and that he paid the BJP stalwart LK Advani and the senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi Rs 50 crore each. Besides this, the entry notes, Yeddyurappa paid Rs 10 crore for “Gadkari’s son’s marriage.”

The diary entries also state that Yeddyurappa paid Rs 250 crore to “judges” and Rs 50 crore to “Advocates (fee paid for cases),” but does not mention any names.

The entries regarding payments to the BJP leaders, judges and advocates were written against rows dated 17 January 2009, while the entry regarding the BJP central committee was written against rows dated 18 January 2009. It is unclear whether the entries were made on these dates or written in the diary on a later date. Yeddyurappa served as the chief minister in Karnataka from May 2008 to July 2011. Each of the copies of the pages accessed by The Caravan bears his signature.

Addressing the press on Friday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala demanded an investigation into the evidence that Yeddyurappa – a former chief minister of Karnataka tainted by corruption allegations – arranged these payouts through mining baron and former state minister Gali Janaradhana Reddy.

“Five facts are disclosed from this diary. Rs 2,690 crore was extorted and Rs 1,800 crore was given to BJP’s central team,” Surjewala said. “Yeddyurappa was a CM from May 2008 to July 2011, and this diary contains his signatures and names of top BJP leaders.”

“It mentions names of senior BJP leaders from Rajnath Singh to Jaitley,” he added. “There is an allegation of a bribe of Rs 1,800 crore on the top BJP leadership.”

“Is it 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 did not get it investigated?” Surjewala asked.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clarify whether bribes to the tune of Rs 1,800 crore were taken by BJP leaders.

“Prima facie, this is a case of investigating all BJP leaders, right from the PM and downwards. It is a fit case to be investigated by the newly appointed Lokpal,” he said.

ANI reported that Yeddyurappa dismissed the allegations. He said that the issues raised by Congress leaders were “irrelevant and false”.

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rudraprayaga April 03, 2019  

Don't know if true.Anyway politicians hands do not lie clean, mym it be X or Y.