Karnataka Congress leader’s video on Shivakumar embarrassed the party

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Congress leader DK Shivakumar. Photo: PTI. Shailendra Bhojak
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Bengaluru: On Wednesday, the Congress party landed in an embarrassment when two of its leaders were caught on camera criticizing Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shiva Kumar.

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In a video that has now gone viral, KPCC media coordinator MA Salim and former Lok Sabha MP VS Uragappa were caught on camera discussing an alleged corruption scam, just before a press conference began. The leaders thought they were whispering to each other, but the microphones of the news channels in front caught their conversation.

Acting immediately, the Congress expelled Salim from the primary membership of the party for six years. Ugrappa has been given a show cause notice, and the party has given him three days to explain his behaviour.

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In the one-and-a-half minute clip, Salim can be heard telling Ugrappa about Shiv Kumar and his close associates in the party being involved in an alleged scandal. Salim Ugrappa can be heard whispering in his ear, ‘Earlier it used to be 6-8%, but now it has been increased to 11-12%. It seems to be an adjustment of DK.’

Salim can be heard mentioning Uppar from Bangalore, G Shankar from Udupi, and Hanumanthappa from Bellary also being involved. Correcting this Ugrappa says that Uppar is from Vijayapura.

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