Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Corruption, arrests & extortion:if MLC is 40 crores, how much for cops? judge? reason WE r arrested &fleeced!!

Corruption, arrests & extortion:if MLC is 40 crores, how much for cops? judge? reason WE r arrested &fleeced!!

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Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy caught on tape asking for bribe

By TNN | 6 Jul, 2014, 11.51AM IST

"The system (cash-for-MLC seat) is not only in the JD(S) but BJP and Congress too," said Kumaraswamy.

BANGALORE: Weeks after the legislative council polls, a cash-for-seat CD has surfaced in which former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy allegedly demands Rs 20 crore from a person to give away his party's seat for the Upper House. He told TOI there's only mention of money. "Has anyone captured a video of me taking money?" he asked.

The 35-minute audio CD, released by Vijugouda Patil Abhimanigala Balaga (Vijugouda Patil Fans' Association), is a conversation between between Kumaraswamy and supporters of Vijugouda, a JD(S) functionary from Bableshwara, Bijapur district.

A Vijugouda supporter offers Kumaraswamy Rs 40 crore in exchange for a seat to the Bijapur leader. But Kumaraswamy scales it down to Rs 20 crore. "Give Rs 20 crore, I' will try to convince MLAs," he says.

Admitting that such a discussion had taken place, Kumaraswamy said he hasn't done any "big crime". "If TV channels want to run this for weeks, they are free to do so and increase their TRPs. I have only stated how money is important in present-day politics at all levels. After BJP came to power in 2008, the political scenario has changed," he said.

"The system (cash-for-MLC seat) is not only in the JD(S) but BJP and Congress too," said Kumaraswamy. He is ready for a debate on the issue. Vijugouda only said the Congress had released the CD to tarnish his image.

Kumaraswamy also said his 40 MLAs are demanding Rs 1 crore each. He says JD(S) MLAs are so hungry for money that some suggested CM Siddaramaiah field an extra candidate from Congress so that they can cross vote. "The JD(S) MLAs, who were ministers for 40 months in coalition governments with Congress and BJP are demanding money. Most have taken loans to contest polls in 2013 and I have to fulfil their demands," Kumaraswamy says in the conversation.

"The credibility of politicians is very low and such developments will further pull us down," said former minister PGR Sindhia.

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/37892601.cms



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