New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A video has gone viral which purportedly shows Karnataka Chief minister BS Yediyurappa saying that the party resorted to ‘Operation Kamal’ to bring down the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state on the instruction of BJP national leadership, including Home Minister Amit Shah.  

According to reports, the seven-minute video clip is from Yediyurappa’s address to party workers in Hubli. In the video, Yediyuappa appears at the end for a couple of seconds and the rest of the clip is mostly the audio of his alleged speech.

“You know this, don’t’ you? That it wasn’t Yediyurappa who made them (apparently the 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs who tendered resignations) take the decision. The national president eas aware of this and supervised this and made all the arrangements. They were away in Mumbai for two-three months, they couldn't go to their constituencies, nor meet their families, they just stayed there” Yediyurappa is heard saying in the purported video. 

He expresses displeasure at other party members for not heeding to his call of standing by the MLAs who defected.

“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,” said the Karnataka CM. 

"But none of you has said this. I did not expect this from you. I am sorry. I didn't need to become CM. 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," he added. 

Reacting to the video, the Congress termed it ‘shocking’ and said it will approach the Supreme Court. 

“We kept saying that under the leadership of Prime Minister and Amit Shah, the BJP government is misusing all the government agencies like CBI, ED and I-T to poach the opposition MLAs and to sabotage opposition-led governments. Now it is established beyond the doubts, because of video evidence,” said KC Venugopal, AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation and Karnataka. 

Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted: 

Yediyurappa-led BJP came to power in the state in July this year after 14 Congress and three JD(S) MLAs, along with an Independent MLA, revolted against the 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.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta