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Sibal taunts K'taka BJP; says they have all the entertainment

February 08, 2012 18:44 IST
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The porn clip controversy in Karnataka Assembly led Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to take a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday saying the party is having "all the entertainment".

Sibal went a step further saying the BJP should look inwards before preaching morality, as the saffron party sought to take credit for setting an example of high moral standards and probity in public life by asking the three ministers involved in the sleaze in Karnataka to resign.

"Nowadays it appears that some of the BJP people are having all kinds of entertainment. Sometimes it is political entertainment. Sometimes it is entertainment of another sort," he told reporters in Delhi evoking peals of laughter.

Sibal also said the BJP, which "waxes eloquent on the issue of morality", will find the answers if they really look at their own members of the legislative assembly.

Echoing Sibal's sentiments, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said the porn controversy showed the "hiatus" between preaching and practice by the Opposition party.

"From corruption to pornography they have the entire spectrum and range available in BJP in Karnataka. This shows the hiatus between preaching and practice by BJP," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told PTI.

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 their decision to quit after a meeting with top leaders, saying they don't want the party and the government to face further embarrassment.

"The BJP high command took the decision of asking the three ministers, against whom the allegations were made, to submit their resignation," BJP leader Dhananjay Kumar  told reporters.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal-Secular leader H D Kumaraswamy while criticising the BJP for 'delaying' action against the three ministers accused it of promoting a new culture of "Baarah Khoon Maaf" (12 murders pardoned) culture to save its 'wobbly' government.

"The BJP government in the state is promoting and abetting the new culture of "Baaraah Khoon Maaf", where it does not pronounce their leaders or ministers guilty until they have been found guilty in 11 cases," he said in Bengaluru.

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