Parameshwara doubtful about diary, CM mum

Parameshwara doubtful about diary, CM mum
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday maintained silence on the charges that many of his ministers paid huge sums of money to Congress high command, while the party’s state unit chief G Parameshwara questioned the authenticity of the purported diary which contained information on the payments.

Siddaramaiah remained at his official residence “Kaveri” through the day. He visited Male Mahadeshwara Swamy temple at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru and offered pooja on the occasion of Shivaratri, in the evening. He remained incommunicado despite Opposition parties, BJP and JD(S), demanding his immediate resignation in the wake of the charges.

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa had charged that a huge sum of money was paid as donation to the Congress high command and claimed that details of the payments are available in a diary maintained by Congress MLC and KPCC treasurer K Govindaraj.

Contents of the diary, which was said to have been seized by IT department during a raid last year, were reportedly leaked to a national TV news channel on Thursday.

KPCC, the state unit of Congress, also did not counter the charges. None of the ministers, whose names are said to be written in acronym in the diary, denied the charges.

However, Parameshwara questioned the authenticity of the diary and its contents when a Kannada TV news channel approached him for his reaction. “The IT department has to clarify whether it has really seized the diary from Govindraj’s residence and reveal its actual contents. Till then, there is no point  discussing it,” he stated.

Sources in the party said the issue is likely to come up for discussion at the KPCC co-ordination committee meeting on Sunday in Bengaluru.

Senior party leaders, including AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka Digvijaya Singh, party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Siddaramaiah, are scheduled to attend the meeting. The panel is likely to chalk out a strategy to counter the BJP, the sources added.

Asked how Congress will counter the charges, KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said the party will educate the people on the “dirty tricks” of the BJP.
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