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Picture Abhi Baki Hai? Nalin says viral ‘CM change’ audio is fake


Team Udayavani, Jul 19, 2021, 8:16 AM IST

Bengaluru: While clamour for leadership change within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka has grown louder in recent days, an audio clipping purportedly of the state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel speaking of a definite change in leadership in the state government went viral on social media on Sunday.

Kateel, however, called the audio fake and denied any association with the recording. He also requested to order a probe in this regard.

The audio went viral soon after a weekend visit to Delhi by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to meet the BJP national leadership, where he indicated willingness to step down.

In the 47-second audio clip, a voice resembling that of the state BJP president is heard telling an unidentified individual, “There is going to be a definite change in leadership, a completely new team will be in place.”

The conversation is in the local Tulu dialect of the Dakshina Kannada region.

The voice resembling Kateel’s is also heard saying the decision on who will be the new Chief Minister will be taken by the party’s Delhi.

“Minister Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shetter’s whole team will be removed from the cabinet. There are no local candidates in the running. It is being decided in Delhi,” he says.

After the audio went viral, Kateel denied any association and said he would complain to Yediyurappa about it on Monday.

“There is an effort to damage the party by releasing an audio with a voice that bears resemblance to mine. A probe is needed to find the truth behind this recording,” the state BJP chief said in an official statement.

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