After K’tka, Guj BJP MLAs caught watching porn
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 00:39
  
Gandhinagar: After Karnataka, BJP was hit by another porngate scandal in the Assembly where two ruling party MLAs in Gujarat allegedly watched obscene pictures of women prompting the Speaker to order a probe and also target the media.

Speaker Ganpat Vasava while ordering the probe by the Privileges Committee following a complaint by a journalist of a vernacular newspaper Janak Dave also ordered that the i-pads of Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharward be seized and sent for forensic tests.

Dave alleged that the two MLAs were yesterday found purportedly watching sleazy pictures on a tablet during the House proceedings.

The two MLAs have rejected the accusations and dubbed it as a conspiracy to malign them and the party.

Gujarat government spokesman Jainarayan Vyas ruled out suspension of the two MLAs and said they should not be subjected to a "media trial" pending completion of investigations.

"I order a probe into the allegations against the two MLAs which are very serious and prima facie it seems to be breach of their special rights under section 194 of the Constitution," Vasava said, adding "This has projected the House in a poor light and it seems to be a conspiracy to malign the House."

"Such incidents cannot be tolerated in Parliamentary democracy if elected representatives are targeted by media in such a manner that they have to face humiliation," he said and ordered a probe by the Privileges Committee which has members from both the ruling party and the opposition.

The issue generated a lot of heat with Congress demanding dismissal of the two MLAs, forcing adjournment of the House twice. Shouting slogans they tore papers and littered the floor.

As repeated attempts by the Chair failed to restore order, the Congress MLAs were suspended for a day through a motion brought by Legislative Affairs Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja which was carried by a voice vote.

The episode has come less than a month after three ministers in BJP-ruled Karnataka were caught allegedly viewing pornographic clips on a mobile phone during Assembly proceedings in Bangalore last month.

A Karnataka Legislature Committee set up to probe the porngate episode gave a clean chit to two former ministers while recommending that another BJP member be censured for watching porn clips on the mobile

"Chaudhary showed his tab to another MLA Bharwad. First they started by watching the pictures of Swami Vivekananda, then cartoons and then pictures of women," Dave alleged.

"Some of us went to Speaker's (Ganpat Parmar) chamber and complained about it to his PA, who informed the Speaker and the viewing was stopped," Dave said.

"I had not viewed any obscene clips in the House and allegation like this cannot be tolerated. I have never in my life seen such clips," Chaudhary told the House which descended into chaos over the incident with the Opposition going after the BJP MLAs.

"I am willing to deposit my i-pad/tablet before you (speaker) for investigation. If I have done any wrong then I would quit politics," Chaudhary said. Bharwad was quick to dismiss the allegation as a "conspiracy" aimed at giving a bad name to them and the party.

"This shows that the level and culture of BJP has declined. Their MPs were found guilty in cash-for-question scam in Parliament, their MLAs have been found guilty in porngate in Karnataka and now in Gujarat too," state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 11:40


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