Despite dubbed as ‘fake’ by Nalin Kateel, audio clip thickens CM change speculations

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July 19, 2021

Mangaluru, July 19: A purported audio clip of Karnataka BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel talking of a new Karnataka chief minister and big changes in Cabinet has stirred the state's political cauldron.

The audio, which went viral on Sunday, has been dubbed as "fake" by Kateel.

In the clip, Kateel, speaking in his native Tulu language, is heard saying that the BJP central leadership had shortlisted three candidates for the chief minister's post.

The audio comes amid thick speculation that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is on his way out.

"There are three candidates shortlisted. There are chances that anyone can become CM... No one from here will become CM. High command will appoint (someone) from Delhi," according to the clip.

Further, the voice on the audio clip is heard talking about big changes in the Cabinet: "Eshwarappa, Shettar and team will be out. A team team will be formed."

KS Eshwarappa is currently the Rural Development & Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Minister whereas Jagadish Shettar, a former chief minister, is the Industries Minister.

Soon after the clip went viral, Kateel issued a statement calling it "fake" and urged Yediyurappa to investigate. "This has been done to cause damage to the party," he said.

Yediyurappa, 78, was in New Delhi last Friday and Saturday where the BJP top brass is said to have asked him to step down. Yediyurappa has convened the BJP legislature party meeting on July 26, when he completes two years in office. 

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July 23,2021

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Mangaluru, July 23: KS Ameer Ahmed Thumbey, vice president of KPCC’s labour cell (INTUC) and founder president of Karnataka Muslim Forum, passed away in the wee hours of Friday after a brief period of illness. He was 47.

The city based entrepreneur was admitted to a hospital a few days ago due to ill health. As his condition continued to worsen, he was shifted to another hospital where his condition was slightly improved. However, two days ago his condition started worsening ago and he breathed his last around 1.30 a.m.

He was prominent leader of Indian National Congress and social worker and philanthropist in Dakshina Kannada. During the first and second waves of covid-19 he had helped hundreds of poor people by aid teams. 

He was active in religious and community circles too. He founded Karnataka Muslim Form to aid the Muslims facing hardship due to communal discrimination and other issues. He was also a strong advocate of communal harmony and co existence.

Ameer Ahmed is survived by his father Savunhi Haji, director of Thumbey’s Arafa Group, wife, two daughters, a son, siblings and a large number of relatives and friends.

He was conferred with honorary doctorate by the International Tamil University in 2016.

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July 26,2021

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Bengaluru, Jul 26: The government of Karnataka on Monday appointed Sadashiva Shenoy as the President of Karnataka Media Academy.

The appointed members are Gopal Singappaiah Yedager, Chief Reporter, Kannadaprabha, K.K.Murthy, Shivakumar Bellithatte, Shivananda Tagaduru, President, Karnataka Working Journalists Association President, senior reporters from Mysuru C.K. Mahendra, Koodli Gururaj, Jagannath Baala, Senior Reporter, Jayakirana Dainika, Mangaluru, Devedrappa Kapanuru, Editor, Buddhaloka, Kalaburagi and K.V. Shivakumar, Editor, Nammanadu, Shivamogga.

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August 4,2021

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Mangaluru, Aug 4: A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited the residence of former Ullal MLA late B M Idinabba early on Wednesday morning at Mastikatte, Ullal on the outskirts of the city. 

The 25-member team was led by an officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. The NIA has so far not issued any statement about the visit.

Idinabba, who was also a prominent advocate of communal harmony and unity, passed away in April 2009. His son B M Basha, a realtor, stays in the house along with his family. Basha's two sons stay abroad.

Rumours are doing rounds that the NIA team that came from Bengaluru is conducting investigation based on a suspicion that one of the family members might have some connection with some hardline outfits.

According to sources, Basha’s kin had mysteriously gone missing from Kerala a few years ago. While the family members deny links with any terror organisation, a few media reports had expressed suspicion that the missing person might have joined some terror outfits. 

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