Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa greets the Assembly members at Vidhana Soudha. PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa greets the Assembly members at Vidhana Soudha. PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak

Bengaluru: Dubbing the report in The Caravan news magazine based on ‘Yeddy Diaries’ a concoction, a defiant BJP’s Karnataka unit on Saturday accused the Congress of using its dirty tricks department to harm its prospects in the upcoming general election. “A desperate Congress is trying to malign our party and state leader BS Yeddyurappa by making some fake entries in a fabricated diary proof of corruption against us.

Its dirty tricks department is working overtime to have its impact on our poll prospects by planting such stories,” party’s state unit spokesman G Madhusudan told IANS in Bengaluru. According to the Delhi-based magazine, Yeddyurappa is alleged to have paid a whopping Rs1,800 crore to the BJP’s national leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manhoar Jo­shi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitely and Nitin Gadkari as payouts in 2009 when he was the party’s first CM in the southern state from May 2008 to July 2011.

The report also said the alleged payouts were recorded by Yeddyurappa in a Karnataka state assembly legislator’s 2009 diary, in Kannada, in his own hand. “The Congress accusation based on the report will have no impact on our poll prospects anywhere in the country, more so in Karnataka, as people are wiser and will not waste votes on a party like Congress which has been a den of corruption, as evident from the scams its UPA government was embroiled in for a decade,” Madhsudhan said.

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