Karnataka porngate: BJP to train ministers, MPs
Bangalore: Reeling under the porngate scandal
involving three of its members, the ruling BJP in Karnataka
on Tuesday decided to hold a training session for its ministers and
legislators to teach them discipline and morality.
The Core Committee meeting held at "Krishna", the official
residence of Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, decided to
conduct the 'chintan-manthan' session, a brain storming
session during which its ministers and legislators would get
lessons on discipline and morality.
"We have decided to have the 'chintan-manthan' baitak on
Febaruary 24 and 25 in the city. The meeting of the state
level executive would now be held in Bangalore instead of
Mangalore for two days from March one," state unit BJP
president K S Eswarappa told reporters.
After the porngate scandal broke out involving former
ministers Laxman Savadi, C C Patil and Krishna Palemar, whom
the party high command forced to quit the ministry, the BJP
had decided to postpone its zonal level convention planned in
Bijapur and other places during this month.
Eswarappa, however, said the party would not initiate any
action against disgraced MLAs and await the house committee
probe findings expected to be set up by Assembly Speaker K G
"No action will be taken against the three MLAs. We will
decide on action after the house committee submits its report.
I am confident all the three will prove their innocence", he
said. Earlier, the BJP had conducted 'chintan-manthan'
sessions in Mysore on two occasions.
The first BJP government in south India has been facing a
series of setbacks throughout its tenure and has had to
contend with a series of scams, following which its image has
taken a beating.
With the resignation of Savadi, Patil and Palemar, the list
of BJP ministers in the state who made dishonourable exit in
the last four years rose to seven. The present row has come at
an uncomfortable time for the party, which is preparing for
Assembly elections in Karnataka next year.