Shivaram Hebbar, Congress party MLA from Yellapur, has outrightly rejected the ‘bribe tape’ which was released by party MLC V S Ugrappa on May 19. The tape has audio clippings purportedly showing that the BJP has allegedly offered bribe of Rs 15 crore to Hebbar’s wife to buy the support of the Congress MLA during the floor test.
He claimed that the tape released by the Congress was fake and fabricated. He even wrote on the Facebook that the voice in the audio clipping is not of his wife and she did not receive any call regarding the same.
“I learnt about the audio clippings of the conversation purportedly between my wife and BJP leaders later when I was in the assembly. This is neither my wife’s voice nor has she received any call. I condemn whoever has released such audio clippings for political reasons. This is a fake audio tape…” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Reportedly the Congress had released six audio recording in the run-up to the floor test which didn’t take place as Yeddyurappa announced his resignation from the chief minister’s post.
However, another Congress MLA BC Patil claimed: “They (BJP) offered me Minister post & all, it’s a fact. I don’t know about Hebbar. I can talk about myself. Yeddyurappa, Sriramulu and Muralidhar Rao spoke to me.”