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K’taka Cong MLA says audio tape released by his party to frame BJP is ‘fake’



In a development that could leave the Congress red-faced in Karnataka, its MLA Shivaram Hebbar today dismissed as “fake” an audio clip released by the party to allege that the BJP offered money and ministerial berth to him for cross-voting during the floor test in the Assembly.

The Congress had released three audio tapes in run up to the floor test, claiming that the BJP leaders were trying to ‘poach’ on the party MLAs by offering ‘blandishments’ so that the BS Yeddyurappa government is saved.

One of the audio tapes released by the party allegedly had conversation between Hebbar’s wife and BJP leaders, who allegedly offered money and ministerial post to woo him to vote for the BJP.

However, in a Facebook post in Kanadda, Hebbar today questioned the authenticity of the audio clip, saying her wife did not receive any such call.

“This is not my wife’s voice and she has not received any such calls. The audio tape is fake. I condemn it,” he wrote.

The Karnataka polls threw up a hung Assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, but eight short of majority. Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government and Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister.

As the floor test approached, the Congress alleged that the BJP was indulging in horsetrading and released the audio tapes to back their charges.

In the audio tape in question, B S Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra and his close associate B J Puttuswamy are heard speaking purportedly to Hebbar’s wife, offering money and ministerial position to her husband if he cross-voted in favour of the BJP during the floor test.

Vijayendra and Puttuswamy are also heard allegedly offering Rs 15 crore for cross-voting but without a ministerial berth, or Rs 5 crore with a cabinet berth. Puttuswamy is also heard allegedly saying that cases against the wife and the son, who are facing a trial in a mining scam, would be cleared.

Realising that he did not have the numbers, Yeddyurappa had on May 19 announced his decision to quit as chief minister without facing the floor test in an anti-climax to the political drama following the hung verdict in the assembly polls.

Union minister and BJP’s Karnataka election in-charge Prakash Javadekar had rubbished the audio tapes as ‘fake.’

Javadekar also had accused the Congress for releasing ‘fake’ audio clips to prevent the BJP from forming government.


BJP has killed the economy of Kashmir: Congress

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New Delhi |  Congress Party on Wednesday said that the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has killed the economy of Kashmir during their alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP.

Addressing the Press Conference, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged the BJP of forming an unethical alliance with PDP in 2015. “In 2014 Lok Sabha elections both parties had contested against each other,” he said.

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad said “BJP had won elections mainly based on ending the Kashmir issue. But what really happened is that they ended the lives of Kashmiris. Highest ceasefire violations in J&K occurred under BJP’s tenure for the last 3 years.”

The Congress leader further questioned that when will terror attacks in J&K stop? “What steps are taken by the Govt of India to stop the radicalisation of youth in J&K?” he asked.

J&K Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir accused the BJP-PDP alliance of betraying their own respective voters by allying with each other. Mir further said “J&K’s mainstream opposition parties offered complete support to both the parties to solve the Kashmir issue. But that was another lie by BJP & PDP.”

“For simple reason to satisfy their list for power in J&K, they have worsened the situation in Kashmir,” Congress added further.

The BJP on Tuesday withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, leading to the resignation by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in the Press conference said that “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

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Mufti Mohammed’s death was the first blow to BJP-PDP alliance in J&K: BJP

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New Delhi | BJP national general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in charge Ram Madhav said that the death of Mehbooba’s father and then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January 2016 was the first blow to the alliance.

In 11 months’ time, Mufti Sahab passed away and that was the first setback for the alliance. Mehboobaji took her time, thus giving the impression to the opposition that she was not fully on board,” Madhav said

In an interview, Madhav blamed the break-up of the party’s alliance with the PDP on the “soft approach” of the Mehbooba Mufti government over violence in the Valley.

“It was a historic alliance. We do not believe in political untouchability. I agree that it was a compulsion of the moment, but it was not an opportunistic alliance. Mufti described it as the coming together of the North and South poles… We tried our best to maintain this alliance and ensure that the government lasts its full term. I myself put in a lot of effort… but some alliances work and some don’t,” Madhav added.

While referring to the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bhukari, the BJP spokesperson said, “Policemen and journalists are being killed because of the soft approach. We don’t want that soft approach.” The BJP leader, however, said he didn’t agree with the contention that 2018 has been the bloodiest year in the Valley.

The BJP on Tuesday withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, leading to the resignation by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in the Press conference said that “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

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Yoga shouldn’t be used as a political tool: Top Muslim bodies





Lucknow | Yoga should not be used as a political tool or linked to a particular community, top Muslim bodies said on Wednesday on the eve of International Day for Yoga.

The organisations also said that Yoga should be seen as form of exercise and not through the prism of religion.

“Islam lays special emphasis on physical fitness and considers things related to fitness as good. Yoga as an exercise is good, but it should not be made compulsory which may not be acceptable to people of other religions.

“The most important thing is that Yoga should not be used as a political tool. But, sadly this practice is going on,” All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Sajjad Nomani told PTI here.

He also said that people of every religion and section of society should be encouraged to celebrate Yoga Day tomorrow.

“It is unfair to force upon someone any particular exercise. There should be no dispute vis-a-vis Yoga. People of every religion and section of the society should be encouraged to celebrate International Yoga Day.

“It is important that Yoga should be perceived as a rahmat (mercy) and not a ‘zahmat’ (worry),” the spokesman said.

The All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) was of the view that Yoga should not be linked to a community.

“Yoga should not be seen as something linked to a particular community. It is related to the body only. People who have the habit of seeing Yoga through the prism of religion, actually want to see humanity in a sick state of affairs,” AISPLB spokesperson Yasoob Abbas said.

He said several Islamic nations celebrate International Day for Yoga and people participate happily in events.

On Muslims generally having objections to chanting of mantras during different Yoga asanas, Abbas said, “There is no doubt that Muslims worship Allah alone. But, Islam is not that weak that it will break at the slightest instance and moreover, Yoga is not a God.”

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