- Narendra Patel says he recorded phone conversation of 1 crore offer
- He is part of Gujarat leader Hardik Patel's team
- Joined BJP on Sunday, then disclosed alleged offer of bribe
NDTV has accessed the audio tapes that Narendra Patel says he will be present in court on November 3 as proof.
NDTV cannot independently verify the authenticity of the tapes.
The two voices heard are, according to the 47-year-old, his and that of Varun Patel. "60% now and 40% later," he is told about the alleged kickback.
On Saturday, Varun Patel ended his association with 24-year-old Hardik Patel and joined the BJP. He then approached Narendra Patel, also a part of Hardik Patel's team, with the alleged bribe.
Narendra Patel says he secretly recorded the phone conversation, which took place on Sunday morning, in a Trojan Horse sort of move to prove the BJP's blatant subterfuge as it attempts to minimise the possible impact of Hardik Patel's strident movement against the party ahead of the December election.
Hardik Patel says his mission is to ensure he ends the BJP's two-decade-long run in Gujarat because it has failed to extend affirmative action policies to his Patidar or Patel community.
The BJP has denied any wrongdoing. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani when asked about the audio tapes today, told NDTV that Varun Patel will answer the allegations. Attempts to reach him today were unsuccessful. He has earlier in the week refuted serving as middleman.
On the audio tapes, Narendra Patel objects to being paid in installments, arguing, "but the deal was for (the) whole amount." He is then reassured, "60 per cent today, 40 per cent tomorrow before the samellan (gathering)..the responsibility for the deal is mine."
They then discuss how Narendra Patel will be presented at the press conference called to announce his induction into the BJP.
Hardik Patel has said that the exchange proves that the BJP will play dirty and buy its way out of what he predicts will be a close fight between the party and the opposition in Gujarat, which votes on December 9 and 14.