Phone-tapping charges baseless, will write to PM: Yeddyurappa

July 25th, 2011 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, July 25 (IANS) Phone-tapping allegations against his government are “baseless”, a defiant Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here Monday after returning from a holiday in Mauritius even as pressure mounts for his resignation following his indictment by the state Lokayukta in a multi-crore mining scam.

“I am hurt by allegations that phones of ombudsman and opposition leaders are tapped by my government. Though the charges are baseless, I will write to the prime minister to order an inquiry into the issue,” Yeddyurappa told reporters at his residence soon after his arrival from Mumbai.

Accusing the opposition Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) of attempting to bring down the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the southern state over the last three years, Yeddyurappa said he would clarify his position on all issues, including his alleged role in the mining scam later in the evening to the media.

“The Congress and the JD-S have been trying to bring down my government from day one, despite failing to do so every time. They are against development in the state. They think only they have the right to rule the state and not our party,” Yeddyurappa said.

Soon after arrival in the city, the chief minister visited the famous Subramanya temple with family members and some ministers to seek divine intervention in overcoming yet another political crisis since the BJP came to power in the state in May 2008.

The chief minister is expected to call on leaders of the state unit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) here later in the day to update the right-wing outfit on the developments in the state.

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