Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Saturday that he would quit politics if the audio clip he had released on BJP state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa was proven to be fake. (Also read: CM Removes Disgruntled MLA From Post of Warehouse Corporation Chairman)

Firm on his stand that Yeddyurappa tried to lure his MLAs, Kumaraswamy rejected the saffron party’s claim that the audio clip was ‘fake’ and a ‘concocted story.’

On Friday, Kumaraswamy had released the audio clip in which Yeddyurappa was purportedly trying to lure JD(S) MLA Naganagouda through his son. “I am stating from this place … if it is proved that it was not Yeddyurappa who had spoken and that it is mimicry or parody by Kumaraswamy, then it is not about his retiring, I will retire,” the Chief Minister said at Dharmastala, a holy place in Dakshina Kannada district.

PTI also quoted him as saying that those who “played games” with the presiding deity of Dharmastala, Lord Manjunatha, would incur
His wrath. “Invoking the name of Lord Manjunatha Swamy, he could not get protection … he (Yeddyurappa) had to resign within one month (as Chief Minister),” he said.

The Manjunatha reference was to a 2011 face-off between Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa when the latter was the CM. Yeddyurappa had then challenged Kumaraswamy to prove the allegations of corruption and nepotism against him by taking the truth test before Lord Manjunatha and that he would also do the same.

However, later he retracted. Kumaraswamy had pledged before the deity that he stood by the charges made by him against the
then chief minister.

Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy said that during the purported conversation on the audi0 clip, Yeddyurappa had also spoken about a “Rs 50 crore offer to book” the Assembly Speaker.

In the clip, a male voice is heard offering money and ministerial berth, besides assuring Naganagouda’s son Sharan Gouda
about “taking care” of the Speaker and the judges in case of the anti-defection law being invoked.

Yeddyurappa had dismissed the claim and said, “I will retire from politics if the allegation is proved. If I had spoken like this about the Speaker), I will resign as an MLA and quit politics.”