New Delhi: The twice deferred press conference of the Congress was finally held by spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday where he quoted from a diary, ‘Yeddy Diaries’, which mentions huge payouts to senior BJP leaders, as reported by a news portal.

He said, “We have caught a theft and the thief. BJP leaders have been caught in a corruption case.”

He was reading the contents of a diary which purportedly holds details of a transaction between Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa and other party leaders, as published by Caravan.

He said, “From this diary, five facts come out. Close to Rs 2,690 crore was sought and Rs 1,800 crore was given to the BJP. Yedyurappa was the CM during the period. There are his signatures on each page. This was given to BJP’s central team.”

Surjewala added, “The committee has big names such as Modi and others. Judges and lawyers have been given Rs 250 crore to Rs 50 crore. The diary has been with the income tax department since August 2017 according to the report by the portal.”

Pointing a finger at the Narendra Modi government, Surjewala said, “If there is no truth to this diary then why did the BJP not get an inquiry done on this. If this true then is this not a first-hand report of BJP’s corruption? Why is there no independent inquiry of this? Now there is also Lokpal and other independent bodies in place. Chor chowkidaar is answerable for this.”

The portal’s report said, “Yeddyurappa recorded these alleged payouts in a Karnataka state assembly legislator’s 2009 diary, in Kannada, in his own hand…. The copies of the diary pages note that Yeddyurappa paid the BJP Central Committee Rs 1,000 crore; that he paid Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Rs 150 crore each; that he gave Home Minister Rajnath Singh Rs 100 crore…and senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi Rs 50 crore… Yeddyurappa paid Rs 10 crore for ‘Gadkari’s son’s marriage’.”

Meanwhile, Surjewala also rubbished the reports of senior party leader Jitin Prasad joining the BJP. Later, when Prasada himself was asked, he retorted, “There should be some basis for such a question. Why should I answer a hypothetical question?”