Bangalore: In an embarrassment for the BJP, two Karnataka ministers were caught watching obscene content inside the state Assembly. The two ministers are Karnataka Co-operation Minister Laxman Savadi and Karnataka Women and Child Welfare Minister CC Patil.
Speaker KG Bopaiah, though, refused to meet the media, saying he will take action on Wednesday when the House meets again. But the BJP will have a lot of explaining to do. BJP president Nitin Gadkari has also sent in a message that the party should not put up with any non-sense.
Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda said, "It's for the Speaker to take action against ministers if they were found guilty of watching porno clippings in the Assembly."
Savadi, however, tried to explain it as 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 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 said, "I would say that a politician should lead an honourable life because people have a lot of 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 detail."
Even if benefit of the doubt is given to these two ministers. The obvious question then is what were they doing with their mobiles switched on inside the Assembly. And why did they take four hours to come up with this flimsy explanation. Is this what you expect of the BJP which has been boasting of a squeaky clean image all through its campaign in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the polls.