In Video, Karnataka Congress Leaders Discuss DK Shivakumar, Alleged Graft

A dialog between ex Congress MP VS Ugrappa and media coordinator Salim was overheard


A video of two Karnataka Congress leaders discussing alleged corruption by DK Shivakumar, chief of the state unit, and his associates was tweeted Wednesday by the BJP’s Amit Malviya.

The two – former MP VS Ugrappa and the social gathering’s media coordinator Salim – had been caught on digital camera yesterday whispering to one another (unaware their dialog was being recorded) shortly earlier than addressing a press convention; references had been made to “adjustments (from six-eight per cent to 12 per cent)” by Mr Shivakumar and to an aide of his who “made around 50-100 crores”.

In their alternate the 2 additionally referred to Mr Shivakumar as a “drunkard”.

“Former Congress MP VS Ugrappa and KPCC media coordinator Salim discuss how party President DK Shivakumar takes bribes… and a close aide of his has made between 50-100 crores… They are also discussing how he stutters while talking and as if he his drunk. Interesting,” Amit Malviya wrote.

NDTV has not been capable of independently confirm the video.

Mr Shivakumar has mentioned he “doesn’t want to comment on this matter (but) the disciplinary committee will take strict action”.

The Congress, nevertheless, has responded with Mr Ugrappa clarifying that his colleague was merely making him conscious of allegations being levelled (in opposition to Mr Shivakumar) by the BJP.

“I came to address a press conference yesterday… our media coordinator, Salim, whispered (to me) that some people were saying DK Shivakumar’s people were taking money… this is the allegation that the BJP is making, and he was just telling me this,” Mr Ugrappa mentioned right this moment.

“After the press conference I spoke with Salim… even now you (the media) can speak to him… he made it very clear it was not his allegation… it is the allegation made by BJP and others. He told me, ‘if you take questions from the media, better you should have information… that is why I told you’.”

However, the Congress’s Karnataka unit has expelled Salim from the social gathering for six years.

The two-minute-long video begins with Salim (within the inexperienced shirt) whispering to Mr Ugrappa.

“It was six-eight per cent (but) after DK (Shivakumar) came he made it 12 per cent. These are all some adjustments by DK… he is a scamster… his aide made around 50-100 crore. Imagine how much DK would have made… he is just a collection person,” Salim might be heard saying.

To this Mr Ugrappa appears to reply: “You don’t know… we all were adamant to make him President (of the party’s state unit). But he is not taking off…”


DK Shivakumar was made chief of the Congress’ Karnataka unit in March final 12 months (File)

The two then appear to debate Mr Shivakumar’s speech.

“Whenever DK talks, he stammers a lot, just like drunkards. He drinks?” Salim asks of Mr Ugrappa, to which the latter responds: “That’s what they were telling”.

“Media personnel were asking whether he (Mr Shivakumar) was drunk… the way he talks is like that,” Salim provides, “When he talks, he speaks very emotionally…”

The BJP has pushed house its level with former spokesperson S Prakash demanding Mr Shivakumar’s resignation and calling for a proper inquiry into the corruption allegations.

“DK Shivakumar’s corruption… has been completely exposed… both leaders (Mr Ugrappa and Mr Salim) are strong supporters of (former Chief Minister) Siddaramaiah. This is viewed as a conspiracy by Siddaramaiah supporters… the feud between the two has been taken to new highs… DK Shivakumar must resign and there must be an inquiry,” Mr Prakash mentioned in a video of his personal.

DK Shivakumar was made Karnataka Congress chief in March final 12 months; the high-profile trouble-shooter changed Dinesh Gundu Rao, who resigned after the social gathering’s dismal efficiency in by-polls that noticed 11 ex Congress and JDS insurgent MLAs (now with the BJP) re-elected to seats they resigned.

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