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Indira Gandhi Death Anniversary, Sardar Vallabhai Patel: BJP Will Take Advantage


'BJP Will Take Advantage': Karnataka Congress' Tweak At Indira Gandhi Event

The Congress’ October 31 event was to mark former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary

Bengaluru:

Last month the Karnataka Congress was left red-faced after a live mic caught two its leaders gossiping about alleged corruption by state unit chief DK Shivakumar.

Days after that gaffe, the mics then caught out Mr Shivakumar (and ex-Chief Minister Siddaramaiah) at a program on October 31 to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In a video of the exchange that has emerged online, Mr Siddaramaiah can be heard asking about the absence of a portrait of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the country’s first Deputy Prime Minister, who was born on the same day Indira Gandhi was assassinated, albeit over a century earlier.

When told “we never keep the photo (of Sardar Patel)”, the former Chief Minister indicates concern about the BJP attacking them on this point. After this, Mr Shivakumar instructs his staff to put up a portrait of Sardar Patel, which is installed in seconds.

“Today it is his (Sardar Patel) birth anniversary,” Mr Siddaramaiah leans over to remind the Karnataka Congress chief, “There is no portrait of him?”

Mr Shivakumar responds: “Sir, yes… it is his birthday today also… but we never keep the photo.”

“But what happens with BJP (is) they will take advantage of it (the Congress not having Sardar Patel’s portrait at an event commemorating Indira Gandhi),” Mr Siddaramaiah said.

“Like we have not seen them (do it)… (turns to a staff member) Do you have a photo of Vallabhai Patel? Get it…” Mr Shivakumar can be heard.

“We will keep the photo,” he tells Mr Siddaramaiah, to which he responds: “Yes… it will be better.”

NDTV has not been able to independently verify the video.

The video has predictably drawn mocking criticism from the BJP, with senior 

Earlier in October two Karnataka Congress leaders were caught on camera before a presser.

Unaware that the mics were live and that they were being recorded, they spoke about “adjustments” by Mr Shivakumar and an aide of his who “made around 50-100 crores”.

A video of the exchange was tweeted by the BJP’ Amit Malviya, who took a swipe at the Congress.

Mr Shivakumar did not deny the conversation but did deny the allegations.

The Congress responded by expelling one leader for six years and sending the other a show-cause notice; the latter leader, former MP VS Ugrappa later offered a clarification.





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