BJP national president Nitin Gadkari today said an inquiry would be ordered against the three Karnataka ministers who have been accused of watching porn inside the state Assembly and “suitable action” would follow.
“As of now, all the three ministers claim to be innocent. However, an inquiry will be ordered into the episode and suitable action will be taken by the Chief Minister of the state”, Mr. Gadkari told reporters here.
Admitting that the allegations have “evoked an outcry which is natural”, the BJP president assured that “suitable action will follow once the inquiry is completed and the allegations are proved or disproved”.
He said, “There is deterioration in all walks of life. Unfortunately, politics has not remained immune to that, though such things do lead to embarrassment.”
Mr. Gadkari had on Tuesday night spoken to Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda over phone on the issue. Sources close to Mr. Gadkari said he also spoke to the party’s state unit chief K.S. Eswarappa on 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 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 Mr. Savadi watching the video, later joined by Mr. Patil for a brief while.