Karnataka: Congress in fresh ‘hot mic’ trouble over Sardar Patel photo, BJP likely to take advantage of the moment

The Congress in Karnataka seems to have had a “hot mic” moment yet again on October 31 while observing the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at an event in Bengaluru.

In a leaked video, the state’s former chief minister Siddaramaiah can be purportedly heard asking Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar about Sardar Patel’s picture at a program marking the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.

Shivakumar, replying to Siddaramaiah is heard saying that “we never keep Patel’s picture on the day”.

To which, the former chief minister pointed out that the Bhartiya Janata Party may criticise the absence of Sardar Patel’s picture, who was born on same day Indira Gandhi was assassinated and take advantage of it.

The KPCC President is then heard instructing an member at the Congress office to bring Patel’s photograph.

The video first released on October 31 by BJP MLA and former minister MP Renukacharya has gone viral on social with several leaders of the saffron party attacking Congress.

However, the authenticity of the video has not been independently verified, according Times of India.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar reacting to the video said that it exposed the hypocrisy of Congress where worshipping dynasties is far more important than giving respect to founding fathers of our country.

CT Ravi, national general secretary of BJP claimed that if anyone had doubts about how much the Nehru Dynasty “hated” Sardar Patel, the leaked video cleared it.

Earlier in October, two Congress functionaries were caught on camera in a similar gaffe, badmouthing DK Shivakumar and accused him of being involved in corruption when he was a minister in the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-Congress coalition government.

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