Sex Video by BJP Ministers: 3 ministers caught watching porn in Assembly resign

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Bangalore: Three BJP ministers "voluntarily" resigned on Wednesday over the shocking sleaze row to rock the Karnataka Assembly. Mangalore in-charge Minister Krishna Palemar, Co-operation Minister Lakshman Savadi and Karnataka Women and Child Welfare Minister CC Patil tendered in their resignation during a BJP core committee meeting that was held early on Wednesday morning. The ministers said they were resigning to save the party’s image.

CC Patil had last month made the controversial statement that he personally did not favour women dressing up "provocatively".

"I personally don’t favour women wearing provocative clothes and always feel they need to be dignified in whatever they wear," he had said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda has accepted the trio’s resignations and will forward it to the governor.

The chief minister said, "Three of my ministers, Lakshman Savadi, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar have voluntarily handed in their resignations in spite of the fact that they are innocent in the matter... I have accepted their resignations."

BJP leader Dhananjay Kumar, however, argued that the BJP must be appreciated for its "swift act" as it had "asked" its party members to resign.

He added, "The BJP has taken this seriously. We uphold morality in public life. What has happened is unfortunate."

CC Patil and Lakshman Savadi were caught watching an obscene video on their mobile phones on Tuesday while the Assembly was in session. A regional TV channel aired the footage of the duo watching the clippings when the Assembly was debating the issue of hoisting of Pakistan national flag in a town in Bijapur district on the New Year’s day.

The footage showed Savadi watching the video and later joined by Patil for a brief while.

Savadi had earlier tried to explain away the controversy saying the video was a "value addition" for a discussion on the rave parties that happened during a tourism festival in coastal Karnataka.

"I have done nothing wrong and I will not resign. I was watching a foreign rave party scene sent by one of my colleague minister Krishna. I did it to understand what rave party means," Savadi had said.

The two ministers were at the receiving end of the Kannada activists’ ire, who went on the rampage, shouting slogans in front of their houses late on Tuesday night.

"We won’t tolerate it, if such people soil the image of the temple of Karnataka. The sacred place that’s Vidhan Souda," Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activist Lokesh Gowda said.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain had earlier said that the party would take action against those found guilty.

"I would say that a politician should lead an honourable life because people repose their faith in them. If the minister is found guilty then we will take action against them. We will give a statement once we get the details."

The Congress, that will look to cash in on the incident, came out strongly on Wednesday, slamming the BJP for the "shameless" conduct of its party leaders.

"It is shameless on the part of those ministers," said Congress leader and Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily.

"This has been going on in the BJP party. Many BJP ministers have been involved in such crimes. They should be straight away sacked from the party. Even in Udupi, a rave party has been taking place for three days. The whole BJP party in Karnataka standing on an immoral ground," he added.

Karnataka’s ’sleazy’ past:

- Ex-Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa had alleged relations with a Cabinet minister

- Excise Minister Renukacharya was caught kissing a nurse. The nurse claimed Renukacharya had raped and threatened her.

- Ex-BJP MLA Halappa was allegedly caught on camera raping a close aide’s wife.


Earlier News

Updated:07-02-2012 8.30PM.

BANGALORE: In an embarrassment to the BJP Government in Karnataka, two Ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching a porn clipping on a mobile phone in the state Assembly during its proceedings. 

The shocking incident involved Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi, who was watching the clippings, and Minister for Women and Child Development C C Patil with whom he shared it. The Ministers’ alleged act was captured by video cameras of a regional TV channel, covering the assembly proceedings, and the footage was aired on some channels after the House adjourned for the day.

The legislature secretariat allows private regional channels besides Doordarshan to telecast the proceedings. The two ministers watched the ’sleaze’ clippings while the house was debating the issue of hoisting of Pakistani flag in Sindgi town of Bijapur district by suspected right wing Sri Rama Sene activists and also the communal tension that gripped Uppinangadi during the recent Hindu Samajotsava celebrations.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda is currently touring Chikmagalur district while both the ministers were unavailable for their reaction. Former chief minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy condemned the Ministers’ act and described it as a "black mark" in the history of the state Assembly.


Comments on this Article
Raja, Dubai Wed, February-8-2012, 5:22
Palemar who provided the blue film clippings to Savadi has all the right to Justify Bhat. (Palemar who earler justified bhat’s speech!) wake-up guys... boycott these ministers from the public appearance.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai Wed, February-8-2012, 2:24
Where is RSS, VHP, BD and RAMA SENA? Do these CHADDY CHORS now have the guts to beat up these 2 ministers for watching porn in assembly or they can only attack innocent brother / sister, women and children? We should all get together and teach these cowards a few lessons in morals on February 14th 2012.
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