Bengaluru: A BJP delegation on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Governor over the incident of stone-pelting at the residence of party MLA Preetham Gowda, allegedly by JD(S) workers, the previous day.
Reports say the incident occurred after an audio clip, purportedly carrying the voice of Gowda, went viral.
The delegation, led by BS Yeddyurappa, marched to Raj Bhawan to submit the memorandum to the Governor. JD(S) workers on Wednesday pelted stones Gowda’s residence. One BJP worker got injured in the incident.
Later, Yeddyurappa, addressing the media, said, “We have submitted a memorandum to the Governor over the incident of stone-pelting at the residence of Preetham Gowda and manhandling of his family. We will also send a memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.”
According to media reports, in the audio clip, Gowda can allegedly be heard commenting on the health of JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda. However, Gowda claimed it wasn’t his voice.
The clip reportedly had Gowda telling a man named Santosh that JD(S) chiedf Deve Gowda “would die soon” and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy “is unwell” and that JD(S) “will soon be history”.
In reaction, Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy said, “Mysore IG and Hassan SP have briefed me on it. As per the information, some followers of Deve Gowda were holding a protest over statements made against him. Some BJP workers provoked them and the incident happened.”
“I have asked the police to probe the matter and take strict action,” he said.