New Delhi, 7 July-2014, CNN-IBN: The Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the Karnataka government over JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy bribe row. In an audio clip released by MLC aspirant Vijugowda Patil, the former Chief Minister was heard demanding Rs 40 crores to nominate an MLC from the JDS.
Kumaraswamy and Patil are allegedly heard bargaining the deal where Patil is trying to bring down the cost of the deal to Rs 10 crore. The conversation allegedly happened in June when 4 members were elected to the Council.
Denying taking any money, Kumaraswamy said they were only trying to arrange funds for elections. Interestingly, the candidate who finally became an MLC with JDS backing was the proprietor of a chain of gold stores D A Saravana.
Remaining defiant over the allegations, Kumaraswamy had said that politics is about money. “In the entire country it is happening like that. It is going on in every party. Why are you blaming JDU,” he asked.