Come clean on affairs, take ‘monogamy test’: K Sudhakar to Karnataka MLAs | Bengaluru News – Times of India
K Sudhakar said the ‘monogamy test’ will expose all those taking the moral high ground.
BENGALURU: In a bizarre statement, health and medical education minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday dared all 225 Karnataka MLAs to come clean on their “extra-marital affairs by undergoing monogamy test”.
An hour later, the minister expressed regret after drawing flak from MLAs, including some from the BJP, besides the Speaker and opposition leaders.
Reacting to the Congress protest in the state assembly over the past two days demanding the resignation of six ministers (including him) for obtaining a gag order on the media, Sudhakar said the ‘monogamy test’ will expose all those taking the moral high ground.
Cong, JD(S) leaders slam Sudhakar
Before the session commenced, Sudhakar said: “To those behaving as ‘maryada purushottamas’ or ‘Sri Ramachandras’ (honorable and righteous men), I’m throwing a challenge. Let there be an investigation into the private life of all 225 MLAs and let it be known who has had relationships or extramarital affairs. It’s a matter of morality, right?”
He named opposition leader Siddaramaiah, former CM HD Kumaraswamy, KPCC president DK Shivakumar, former speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Congress MLA V Muniyappa and said, “They are all ‘Satya Harishchandras’ and practising monogamy strictly in their life, isn’t it? Let their private lives be investigated.”
This, predictably, evoked sharp reactions. “Nobody should make such statements which bring disrepute to the House and its members,” Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said in the assembly. Siddaramaiah condemned Sudhakar for his “sweeping statement”. He said: “The statement amounts to breach of privilege of MLAs. He has mentioned several names, including mine, to paint us black. Let the government order an inquiry against all 225 MLAs.”
Kumaraswamy also slammed Sudhakar: “You have created this situation by going to court. Had you followed propriety in public life, this situation would not have arisen.” However, he admitted he had once “slipped” in his personal life. Agriculture minister BC Patil said: “It is wrong of Sudhakar to make such a statement. It’s bizarre to seek a monogamy test for all MLAs.”
‘High regard for all legislators’
“After recent incidents of political conspiracy, we approached the court based on the suggestions of seniors, well-wishers and legal experts to protect our rights using the Constitution. This does not imply we have committed mistakes. My words, expressed due to anguish against prejudiced statements of opposition leaders, have been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion. I have high regard for all legislators. My statement was a response to those leaders trying to defame 17 of us and not intended to hurt legislators,” said Sudhakar.