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Karnataka Cong Leaders Caught on Camera Accusing DK Shivakumar of Taking Bribes

Congress media coordinator Salim was suspended after the conversation between him and Ugrappa was caught on camera.

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Congress media coordinator MA Salim was suspended after the conversation between him and Former Lok Sabha member VS Ugrappa – in which they accuse party president of DK Shivakumar of taking bribes – was caught on camera.

Meanwhile, VS Ugrappa clarified that the Congress party, and “particularly DK Shivakumar” are not supporting corruption.

According to ANI, Ugrappa said:

“He (DK Shivakumar) is a very good administrator and has earned money via business. Party took action against Saleem for not choosing the right place to share this information.”

The two were seemingly in a conversation about Income Tax raids in Karnataka, especially the ones carried out on a political consultancy firm called ‘Designboxed’.

Salim, in the conversations, mentions that someone close to DK Shivakumar has made crores and wonders how much others have made.

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The BJP has swiftly reacted to the controversy, with Party General Secretary CT Ravi tweeting:

“Kannadigas are wondering how much the ‘Fake Gandhis' would have collected."

The Conversation

Meanwhile, The News Minute has transcribed the entire conversation between the duo as follows:

Ugrappa: Uppar is from Bijapur

Salim: Yes but he was in SM Krishna’s house recently...This is a big scandal. If we start digging his name also will come.

Ugrappa: Let me tell you something

Salim: Sir you don’t know….(inaudible) is worth Rs 50 to 100 cr. If he has made so much money, then imagine how much the other guy has. He is just a collection agent.

Ugrappa: We all were adamant and made him party president. But he is not rising because of all these reasons.

Salim: No sir, he is not. He stammers when he speaks. Don’t know if he has low BP or sugar. You see when he talks.

Ugrappa: That is what I said now.

Salim: Yes. Media persons ask me if he is drunk. He is not drunk, that is just his talking style.

Ugrappa: Laughs

(With inputs from ANI and TNM.)

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