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Porn scandal rocks Karnataka Assembly

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 14:49

Bangalore: The porn scandal on Wednesday rocked the
Karnataka Assembly where the opposition Congress and JDS
members sought suspension and disqualification of the three
former ministers involved in the episode from the House.

As soon as the Assembly met, Chief Minister D V Sadananda
Gowda informed the members about the resignations of the three
ministers, caught on camera watching sleazy clippings on their
mobile phone in the House last evening.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah sought to move a resolution
for immediate suspension and disqualification of Laxman
Savadi, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar which Law and
Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar opposed on
technical grounds.

Siddaramaiah`s statement that the ministers were watching
"blue films" enraged BJP member state unit chief KS
Eshwarappa who said it would come out only after inquiry and
that the former could not talk as he wished.

Eshwarappa was supported by his party colleagues while
opposition MLAs were on the feet to make their point,
resulting in a din.

Flaying the government for opposing the resolution on
"technical grounds", Siddaramaiah appealed to Speaker KG
Bopaiah to use his "special powers" and allow the resolution.

"The three have violated the sanctity of the House. Shame
on the government," Siddaramaiah said amid din as the Speaker
adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

The JDS said it would move an adjournment motion seeking
the trio`s disqualification, and demanding a comprehensive
probe and filing of criminal case against them.

Earlier, KPCC president G Parameshwara, outside the
Assembly, demanded the disqualification of the three MLAs and
asked the government to seek a fresh mandate.

The issue also had its echo in the Legislative Council
where the Opposition staged a dharna after Chairman D H
Shankaramurthy disallowed discussion on the incident.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 14:49
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