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Bhushan comes up with 2G tapes

New Delhi, Feb. 4: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today released tapes of purported phone conversations to allege a cover-up to save DMK leaders in the 2G scam and protested outside BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s house over an alleged topple bid against its Delhi government.

The twin moves were part of its “pol khol (unmask)” campaign against “beimaan (dishonest)” leaders in established parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The AAP had yesterday alleged that BJP leaders Jaitley and Narendra Modi were conspiring to pull down the Arvind Kejriwal government by buying off MLAs.

AAP leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan released the tapes and claimed they contained conversations between DMK leader Kanimozhi, an aide of party chief M. Karunanidhi and Jafer Sait, an IPS officer close to the family.

Bhushan said the tapes dated back to end 2010 and early 2011, before Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and then telecom minister A. Raja were arrested over the 2G scam.

Asked about the authenticity of the tapes, Bhushan said “prima facie” they appeared genuine while adding that the AAP had not done any forensic tests.

“We got it from a reliable source. We have verified that the voices match with the voices of the people in the conversation. Also, the conversation flow is natural and there are no breaks,” Bhushan said.

The AAP leader alleged that Rs 200 crore was given to Kalaignar TV, owned by the DMK’s first family, from businessman and 2G accused Shahid Balwa’s DB Realty. The money was shown as a loan but the tapes reveal it wasn’t so, he said.

“The tapes also reveal a nexus between politicians and corporates. It is a very serious issue and it should be probed by the CBI or any other independent organisation.”

Late this evening Karunanidhi dismissed the claims as “lies”. “It is all lies, all lies, all lies,” the 90-year-old said in Chennai.

Earlier in the day in Delhi, AAP volunteers gathered outside Jaitley’s residence and shouted slogans, prompting a counter-protest by BJP cadres who alleged Kejriwal’s party was doing so to gain publicity ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Police had to keep the two sides apart by putting up barricades.

BJP leaders slammed the AAP, wondered if this was the style of its “alternative politics” and accused the new party of giving no time to governing Delhi.

“We caution the AAP. The BJP condemns this attitude of the AAP of taking the name of anybody they choose and then mud-slinging and running away without even explaining or showing any kind of evidence. They don’t have time to govern,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.