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Kumaraswamy accuses Yeddyurappa of trying to destabilise govt using central agencies

Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy said in an interview that sons of state BJP chief Yeddyurappa had met a top I-T official. Yeddyurappa hit back at Kumaraswamy, saying he should produce evidence and act responsibly.

bengaluru Updated: Sep 05, 2018 21:57 IST
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Kumaraswamy, who heads the JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka, stuck to his charge that Yeddyurappa and his sons were trying to rock his government through central agencies.(HT/File Photo)

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and BJP state unit president BS Yeddyurappa were locked in a war of words on Wednesday after the former alleged attempts were being made to destabilise his government using central agencies, including the income tax department.

Kumaraswamy, who heads the JD(S)-Congress coalition, stuck to his charge made in a media interview that Yeddyurappa and his sons were trying to rock his government through the central agencies.

“I gave the statement responsibly after learning about it. I am fully aware of what’s happening,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.

He had said in the interview that Yeddyurappa’s sons had met a top official of the I-T department. Yeddyurappa hit back at Kumaraswamy, saying he should produce evidence and act responsibly.

He also said his family members were only trying to get rid of some cases against them in the courts.

“Kumaraswamy is the chief minister of Karnataka. He should give statements responsibly. How are we linked with I-T or Enforcement Directorate? Let him produce the evidence to back his allegation,” the BJP leader said.

Meanwhile, the income tax department in a statement said no such meeting took place between its principal chief commissioner and director general (Investigation) of Karnataka-Goa region and Yeddyurappa’s son, as reported.

Without naming anyone, it said We wish to place on record that no such meeting either with the family members of any political leader or with the political leaders themselves has taken place with the principal chief commissioner of Income Tax and director general of Income Tax (investigation), Karnataka Goa.”

The department also clarified that it did not carry out investigations and searches with any political motives.

Such investigations had been done without regard to the political affiliations of the searched persons, it added.

Yeddyurappas son B Y Vijayendra also rejected Kumaraswamy’s charge, saying there was no truth in it.

“He (Kumaraswamy) is running the government. He has intelligence wing also in his control. More than us, it is he who knows where Yeddyurappa and his children go. He should refrain from giving such childish statement,” Vijayendra told reporters.

The chief minister sought to know which case of Yeddyurappa was pending in the income tax department.

“If Yeddyurappa says that some cases were pending in the court, it actually proves that he had met the income tax commissioner too, Kumaraswamy said.

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 21:57 IST