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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dirty pictures: Three BJP ministers resign


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Dirty pictures: Three BJP ministers resign
Bangalore, Feb 8, 2012 (PTI)

Bowing to the directives of the party central leadership, three BJP
ministers in Karnataka today resigned after they were engulfed in a
row over watching sleazy clippings during the Assembly proceedings.

A day after the incident caused huge embarrassment to the BJP
government, all the three tainted ministers were summoned to the party
office and were asked to submit their resignation after a meeting of
the senior leaders presided over by Chief Minister D V Sadananda
Gowda.

Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi, Minister for Women and Child
Development C C Patil and Minister for Ports and Science and
Technology Krishna Palemar announced after a meeting with top leaders
that they have decided to quit.

"We don't want the party and the government to face further
embarrassment. All of us have decided to resign from the ministry",
Savadi told reporters outside the BJP office.

Savadi and Patil demanded that the Speaker of the state assembly K G
Bopaiah institute a probe into the issue of watching the porno video
footage and expressed confidence that "they would come clean from the
allegations".

Palemar, another minister, who had to pay a price for allegedly
providing the blue film clippings to Savadi said he was contemplating
legal course over the issue.

Savadi and Patil were caught yesterday while they were allegedly
viewing the porno video footage inside the state assembly, an incident
that battered the image of the Sadananda Gowda Government and BJP,
evoking widespread condemnation across the state.

Under the directions of BJP National President Nitin Gadkari, Gowda
today held a meeting with the state unit Party President K S
Eswarappa, former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, senior ministers
Jagadish Shettar and Govind Karjol in the party office and decided to
ask the three ministers to put in their papers.

Savadi and Patil said they would submit their resignation to Gowda and
request him to accept it. Savadi and Patil, who had to demit the
ministry under cloud, blamed the media for blowing the incident out of
proportion.