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Letter Signed By 10 MLAs “Fake”, Says Karnataka Congress

The Congress has dismissed a letter, allegedly written by its MLAs in Karnataka to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, that has now gone viral, as fake. The purported “fake” letter is signed by 10 MLAs of the ruling Congress in the state and highlights several issues.

The letter claimed that district in-charge ministers were not paying heed to the MLAs’ requests and that funds allocated for their constituencies were not being released. The letter mentioned unidentified third parties approached the MLAs asking for commissions to facilitate the release of funds in another shocking claim.

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Speaking to the media, one of the 10 Members of the Legislative Assembly said that the letter was a personal communique and was to be taken up for discussion in the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting on Thursday. However, it was leaked to the media before being officially presented.

Disputing the letter’s contents, he said that the allegation that money was demanded is incorrect and that the letter was doctored.

MLA BR Patil’s Statement

DK Shivakumar, the Deputy Chief Minister has dismissed the letter as fake. BR Patil, the MLA whose name appears on the letterhead, also questioned the letter’s authenticity, accusing the BJP of “creating” it.

“This is my letterhead and I keep serial numbers so that pages are not misused. However, the letter being circulated does not have a serial number. It’s fake. Maybe the BJP created the fake letter. There has to be an investigation into this,” said Mr. Patil.

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