MANDYA: Mandya, that’s seeing tough combat among CM Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil and unbiased candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, saw a political storm on Sunday with an audio clip of a Congress leader and a minister going viral.
The clip consists of verbal exchange among former Congress MP G Madegowda and district in-rate minister C S Puttaraju of JD(S). As in keeping with the clip, Madegowda is heard looking for cash for meeting the poll fees. In the clip, he tells Puttaraju in Kannada that elections are nearing and that human beings are worrying about money. And maintains to mention that he has spoken to Madhu (Madegowda’s son) in this regard. Madhu has been campaigning for Nikhil in Maddur.
Both Puttaraju and Madegowda have admitted to the communication and desired to recognize what changed into wrong with that. In the clip, Madegowda additionally reminds Puttaraju that “there are companies in Maddur — one belonging to the transport minister and Maddur MLA DC Thammanna and any other belonging to us. Thammanna has already made monetary arrangements. People call for money from us too.” Puttaraju, who reiterates his promise to make arrangements in the course of the communication held in Kannada, addresses Madegowda as ‘Appaji.’
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As the clip went viral, Puttaraju stated there had been no suspicious transaction in the communique. He said the Election Commission had set a ceiling of Rs 70 lakh closer to the expenditure of a candidate and that Madegowda had sought money closer to this. Training his guns on rival BJP, Puttaraju said, “They had been tapping our phones to apply it as in line with their convenience. With this, they need to help an independent candidate (Sumalatha Ambareesh).”
He also accused the I-T department of tapping phones. Madegowda, too stated, “Nobody including Prime Minister Narendra Modi can participate in electioneering without money. We want cash to meet the costs incurred toward meals and other things. There is not anything incorrect in demanding it.”Defending Madegowda, Kumaraswamy said in Udupi that in search of cash for the poll, costs changed into no longer opposition to regulations. Stay updated on all the cutting-edge Karnataka information with The New Indian Express App. Download now