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Sleaze row: Karnataka BJP in damage control mode


Deepa Balakrishnan,CNN-IBN
Feb 16, 2012 at 10:41am IST

Bangalore: In Karnataka, the porn scandal continues to sting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The three tainted ministers are likely to submit their explanations to the Speaker on Thursday. Meanwhile, the state government is planning to ban news channels from covering Assembly proceedings from now on.

An embarrassed BJP is now struggling to give itself an image boost. One of the first steps, it seems, will be to press the mute button on the Press. Plans are afoot to start a government-run telecast of the Assembly and Council proceedings keeping private channels, which brought them disrepute last week, well away.

The beleaguered party is also set for some introspection with a two-day meeting of all its MLAs and MLCs next week.

While party bosses won't officially admit to it, the BJP's 'chintan-baithak' next week is primarily to focus on morality and discipline among its leaders and cadre. The party of the high morals is not just stung by a series of scams, their MLAs being caught red-handed with blue films is completely unprecedented and is something that its own leaders are at a loss for, on how to defend.

Meanwhile, the three ex-ministers caught in the controversy have been told to respond to a showcause notice by Thursday. The House committee to enquire into the episode will be announced the same day.

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