Former Lok Sabha member VS Ugrappa and Congress state unit media coordinator M.A. Salim discovered themselves in scorching soup yesterday (October 13) after they have been caught bad-mouthing occasion heavyweight and state occasion president DK Shivakumar. Both leaders have been on the stage to handle a press convention. However, earlier than the interplay started — unaware that the media mics have been scorching, the 2 leaders bought right down to conversing and, within the course of, introduced down the pants of DK Shivakumar, by accusing him of bribery.They couldn’t discover one other location to gossip about their occasion chief, aside from at a press convention with media mikes recording what they mentioned?? Video with Congress spokesperson #Ugrappa & media coordinator #Saleem, embarrasses occasion #hilarious @ndtv@ndtvindia #dkshivakumar pic.twitter.com/ATjTJEnf7Y— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) October 13, 2021The duo talked in Kannada about revenue tax raids in Karnataka, particularly on a political consultancy agency referred to as ‘Designboxed’. They say that an aide of Shivakumar “made around [Rs] 50-100 crore” and surprise how a lot Shivakumar himself made.Salim might be heard saying within the clip, “It was six to eight per cent before then it became 10 to 12 per cent. It is all DK adjustment. Mulgund (aide of DK) has made Rs 50-100 crore. Imagine if Mulgund has this, then how much DK has,”Salim continued the chatter in a hushed voice, “His house is near SM Krishna’s house here in Bengaluru. This is a huge scandal and if you dig deeper, his (DK’s) name will also crop up. You are not aware sir, but Mulgund (DK Shivakumar’s aide) makes Rs 50-100 crore in collections. If he made Rs 50-100 crores collection, imagine how much DK would have made.”Read More: 317 financial institution accounts, Benami properties price 800 cr. Just how wealthy DK Shivakumar and his household isSalim even mentioned Shivakumar’s fashion of talking by stating, “He [DK] stammers when he speaks. Don’t know if he has low BP or sugar. You see when he talks. Media persons ask me if he is drunk. He is not drunk, that is just his talking style”After the video of two leaders gossiping amongst themselves went viral on social media platforms, a red-faced Karnataka Congress was compelled to expel MA Salim for six months and ship a show-cause discover to Ugrappa.Siddaramaiah faction deliberate the entire fiasco? Infighting amongst the occasion ranks was the rationale Congress-JD(S) alliance misplaced the belief vote in Karnataka Assembly in 2019 and finally ceded energy to BJP’s BS Yediyurappa. With two years to go for the following meeting elections, it seems that the Siddaramaiah faction has swung into motion and began taking part in intelligent chess strikes to sideline longtime rival DK Shivakumar.The two leaders ensnared within the controversy are not any greenhorns on the subject of politics and extra so on the subject of the political duties that the job entails. Addressing media is among the primary duties the occasion functionaries are skilled in and thus it’s extremely unlikely that they have been unaware that the mics weren’t working.Blissful and candid of their chat, they each shredded Congress’ troubleshooter’s picture and in doing so helped Siddaramaiah lay his stake, way more decisively on the CM candidate chair.Read More: With state elections two years away, Karnataka Congress splits into Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar factionsA tussle for the CM candidate chairBoth Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar are being seen as potential CM candidates when the occasion contests the meeting elections in 2023. However, by agreeing to let HD Kumaraswamy grow to be the CM, with a view to preserve the BJP out of the state, Siddaramaiah had made fairly a sacrifice. The outdated workhorse, because of this, was anticipating a direct endorsement from the highest Congress brass because the CM face this time round.However, with the Gandhi clan protecting each teams guessing, it seems that Siddaramaiah was executed ready and took issues into his personal palms. A ploy that appears straight out of a Bollywood film was deliberate and executed to perfection by the 2 leaders who might need to sit down out the occasion for a while however will likely be reinstated when the warmth subsides.All in all, it was one other day within the lifetime of an abnormal congress employee the place inner politics kind the most important fulcrum of their job profile as senior leaders interact in bicep measuring contest.