BANGALORE: In an embarrassment to the BJP Government in Karnataka, two Ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching a porn clipping on a mobile phone in the state Assembly during its proceedings.
The shocking incident involved Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi, who was watching the clippings, and Minister for Women and Child Development C C Patil with whom he shared it. The Ministers' alleged act was captured by video cameras of a regional TV channel, covering the assembly proceedings, and the footage was aired on some channels after the House adjourned for the day.
The legislature secretariat allows private regional channels besides Doordarshan to telecast the proceedings. The two ministers watched the 'sleaze' clippings while the house was debating the issue of hoisting of Pakistani flag in Sindgi town of Bijapur district by suspected right wing Sri Rama Sene activists and also the communal tension that gripped Uppinangadi during the recent Hindu Samajotsava celebrations.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda is currently touring Chikmagalur district while both the ministers were unavailable for their reaction. Former chief minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy condemned the Ministers' act and described it as a "black mark" in the history of the state Assembly.
Gadkari speaks to Gowda, Eswarappa on porn-watching ministers
NEW DELHI: BJP President Nitin Gadkari tonight spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda over phone on the issue of two ministers of the state being caught on TV camera watching allegedly porn clippings on mobile phone during state assembly proceedings in Bangalore.
Sources close to Gadkari said he also spoke to the party's state unit chief B Eswarappa on the incident. Gadkari, who is on campaign trail in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, wanted to know from both Gowda and Eswarappa the details about the incident.
A regional TV channel aired the footage of Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi and Minister for Women and Child Development C C Patil watching the allegedly porn clippings when the assembly was debating the issue of hoisting of Pakistan national flag in a town in Bijapur district on the New Year's day. The footage telecast also by some regional channels after the assembly adjourned for the day, showed Savadi watching the video and later joined by Patil for a brief while. Savadi admitted to watching the porn footage but ruled out resigning from the ministry.