Tanvir Sait meets CM, claims innocence

Under fire from the Opposition parties after news channels broadcast visuals of him allegedly watching objectionable pictures of women on his phone during the Karnataka government-sponsored Tipu Jayanti celebrations, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanvir Sait called on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday and pleaded innocence.

According to sources, the Minister, whose resignation is being demanded by the Opposition, told Mr. Siddaramaiah that he had done nothing wrong. “The media has played up the issue,” he reportedly told the Chief Minister.

Mr. Siddaramaiah told Mr. Sait that the issue would be brought to the notice of the party high command, and action would be taken based on its direction. The Minister said he was only browsing WhatsApp messages during the event. Mr. Sait, who represents the Narasimharaja constituency in Mysuru, was inducted into the Cabinet in June.

Meanwhile, veteran Congress leader B. Janardhana Poojary demanded that Mr. Sait be sacked. “If we still sleep over the matter, a situation may arise where we will have to sleep during the upcoming elections. The Chief Minister has to safeguard the prestige of the people of his home district of Mysuru,” he said.

‘Follow precedent’

A few Congress legislators pointed out that Minister K.J. George was re-inducted after the CID provided him a clean chit in the M.K. Ganapathy case. Similarly, the Chief Minister had every right to drop Mr. Sait now and induct him later if he was found innocent, they said.

Some others argued that if Mr. Sait did not quit, the Opposition would use the issue to embarrass the government during the legislature session that begins in Belagavi on November 21.

Siddaramaiah tells Minister action will be taken on the basis

of Congress high command’s direction

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