Congress seniors call KPCC chief D K Shivakumar a 'collection agent'

Bengaluru, Oct 13 (IANS): In an embarrassing development for the Karnataka Congress unit, the video of two senior leaders of the party calling State Party President D.K. Shivakumar a collection agent and discussing commissions in government work went viral on social media on Wednesday.

A furious state Congress has suspended Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) media coordinator Saleem Ahmad from the party for 6 years. Another senior leader and former Lok Sabha MP V.S. Ugrappa has been served a show-cause notice by the Disciplinary Committee of the Congress.

Screengrab of the viral video

The incident took place on the sidelines of a press conference organised at the Congress headquarters in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Both the leaders were heard talking about the recent IT raids on former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's close associates in Bengaluru.

Before the commencement of the press conference, Ahmad was heard talking to Ugrappa even as the media mikes were on the dais. Unaware that the mikes were catching what he was saying, he began talking about Shivakumar in a whisper.

Saleem Ahmad says it was eight per cent before, it is now 12 per cent. It is all DK's adjustment. This is a big scandal. Mulgund (Shivakumar's aide) has made Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore. If he can have this much, can you imagine how much money DK (Shivakumar) possesses, he is just a collection agent.

Ahmad continues talking as Ugrappa nods his head and smiles. Shivakumar stutters while talking in public. The media asked him whether he is drunk to talk like that. Compared to him, Siddaramaiah's body language and spoken style are precise, he says.

Ugrappa is heard saying that he is one of the people who made him (DK) the President of the party. Saleem Ahmad takes the names of Uppar, G. Shankar, Hanumantappa in the video. He also talks about Uppar constructing a house opposite the residence of S.M. Krishna, senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister.

The video went viral and the ruling BJP lost no time in attacking the state Congress on how the party's senior leaders are ridiculing and levelling allegations against its President Shivakumar.

Shivakumar said that it is an embarrassing moment for him and the party. He maintained that there is no connection between the allegations of the Congress leaders in the video and him. He said that the party is not divided and the disciplinary committee is going to take stringent action against them.

Commenting on being called a person who stutters and looking like he was in an inebriated state while talking to the media, Shivakumar explained that he came from a rural background. "I have developed a style, body language, individuality, character and I have my success also," he said.

Ugrappa later held a press conference and claimed that Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar are two eyes of the Congress. Throughout the conversation, I never said a word or made a comment against Shivakumar. Shivakumar is a pro-people leader and never indulged in percentage politics, he added.

"Saleem Ahmad wanted to explain that BJP is conspiring to make allegations against Congress leaders regarding IT raids, I cut him short," he maintained.







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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    how can they talk about the one and only Sathya Harishchandra of Karnataka like this???, bevaru surisi ee matakke belediddare!!!

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  • Ganesh Shetty, Mangaloreg

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    I am dead sure that this is a staged game. Is it such a secret that seniors like Ugrappa and saleem should speak in a low tone which lot many already know.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Its a open secret. Everyone knows it.... nothing new.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Is there any doubt that politicians seek office because there is money in it for them. Their "stock" rises as they gain positions within the party and the government Position and power make them filthy rich by raiding the public purse. It is time that the Prevention of Money Laundering legislation cast out their net and grab them.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    real kajavu, veer(the question mark fellow)...elli?????????😂

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    ... protest is required for suspending the minority person from CON party. Matter to be delegated to United Nation urgently 🐖🐖🐖

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Readers, the " Brahamos " chit- chat missile has been innocuously, misfired by the Congress loyalists, on their own citadel in Karnataka !!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    DKS knows that we can collectively defeat these Uneducated ...

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    did u read the article Mr.Nalasopara??

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  • Bala, Kudla

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    This man dkshee is yedd's best buddy in the state.

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  • Ganesh Kamath, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    These incidents not happening before 2014

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  • kateel pai, kateel pai

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    At least they are transparent :)

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Operation Kamala conspiracy..............Fire both of them rather suspension.

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  • Bala, Kudla

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    DKShee more embarrassed than he was in Tihar jail.

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    What did I write yesterday? Just read again. Same thing Saleem Ahmad, has said. Nothing new. Ugra somebody is a Mahaa ' ಅಂಚಿ ಇಂಚಿ ' fellow. If the party believes hum, gone case. Sidda, by look of things may be rubbing his hands in glee ! He can smell Biryani. ' ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರ ಕಿನ್ನ ' nowadays has tight look on his face, like his leader. Tongue also not rolling properly. Some problem is there. So now 12 % aa? I have heard some departmental stores in Mangaluru are flush with ' Julia Bagh' money and so also some Lu Lu taking from rent, his place in Bengaluru. Hulia,also does not make so much money directly. Hulia, Julia, Saleema, Ugra... aha ahaa a ha... What a team daa? Nonsense fellows. And there are some ಬೆಪ್ಪಾಸ್.. Bepaas and Williamas, Prakasas to support them here. God save all us! Over n above their leader... ಅಯ್ಯಯ್ಯೋ ದೇವ! ಸಮೋಸ ಮೇಯ್ನ್ ಮೋಸ !

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  • Kishore Kumar, MANGALURU

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    .... collection agent + CD agent 💿 💿 💿

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  • Mohan Mangalore, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    DKSHI fans missing.... Kujuli RU der ???

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  • Evans Alex, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Planted cock and bull story. Dks and siddaramaiah are both seasoned leaders and both saleem ahmed and ugrappa are the pillars of congress and will not be dettered by such so called comments

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  • SRJ, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Wow! This is such a huge allegation. Honble SC should take cognizance and appoint an SIT with retired judges just like they took a suo-moto case.

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  • vikhas, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Looters are still looting....100cr talking like 100rs. That much corruption involved in politics. Specially in congress.

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  • Usha, Ullal

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Enchina avaste Congress da... Enchanda encha ???

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  • praveen, udupi

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    looks like all the Dongis became dumb n deaf .....LOL

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  • Varun, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Politics is the most lucrative career in India. There is absolutely no limit for the amount of money one can earn in Indian politics... one side so many crores people struggle to pay rent pay school fee get proper meals and the orher side , indian politicians have so much money that they can buy anything anywhere in the world

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Nothing new.. whole Karnataka knows it about the history of Tihar jail returnee..

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  • Pacchu, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Hahahahaha, What is the wrong in this talk? Both leaders disclosed truth in front of screen instead of behind. These two leaders know more than, me, Kujuma and our CA.

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  • win, mlr

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    entire congress party hierarchy is full of collection agents... thats the reason they cant sit in opposition as a responsible party. they spread false information to get into the power to start collecting like official corruption. When in opposition they are scared but not when in power.

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  • Umesh Bangera, Udupi,Kemmannu

    Wed, Oct 13 2021

    Ugrappa never lies, He is a true Gandian.

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