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Three BJP ministers resign over porn row, demand probe

The three BJP Karnataka ministers s allegedly caught watching porn in the assembly have decided to resign.

MCC Patil and Lakshman Savadi were caught watching an obscene video on their mobile phones on Tuesday while the Assembly was in session.

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.

 Three BJP ministers resign over porn row, demand probe

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Mangalore in-charge Minister Krishna Palemar, Co-operation Minister Laxman Savadi and Karnataka Women and Child Welfare Minister CC Patil tendered in their resignation during a BJP core committee meeting that started early on Wednesday morning.

"We will submit our resignations to Chief Minister," ministers Lakshman Savadi, C C Patil and Krishna Palemar said this morning.

"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.

Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has forwarded the  resignation of three ministers caught in the porn row to the Governor for acceptance.

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.

Savadi said they are quitting voluntarily and there was no pressure on them to do so. Palemar said he does not know how to pass on such clips, adding, his innocence would be proved in an inquiry. "When there is an allegation, it's not correct to continue as Minister", he said. "There is a wrong perception (on the issue) and let there be an inquiry".

In a bizarre defence, Savadi had last night said the clip showed some men dancing with a woman and then gang-raping her. The rapists were later arrested by the police and then stoned in public, Savadi said, adding, he was watching it in the context of a discussion on "rave party" (in an island off Udupi) earlier in the Legislative .

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2012 11:49:26 IST

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