The statement was met with serious reactions from a section of lawmakers from both Opposition the Congress and JD(S) as well as the ruling BJP. Congress lawmaker Sowmya Reddy, however, burst into such uncontrollable laughter on listening to the minister’s remarks on a mobile handset that she could not offer a comment.
The Congress members, which continued with its dharna in the Assembly on Wednesday too pressing for the resignation of six ministers and a case of sexual assault on ex-minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, said the
Speaker Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri too disapproved of Sudhakar’s remarks.
The health minister’s outbursts came on the back of the Opposition Congress’s demands that six ministers, which includes himself, should resign for approaching the court, and not police to overcome a blackmail threat and prevent tv channels from airing scandalous clippings from CDs that were suspected to have been made.
In a chat with reporters earlier in the day, the minister threw a challenge to all 225
The minister, after seeing the angry reactions from his fellow lawmakers, said one must try to understand the pain the six of them may have undergone that drove him to make the statement. His remarks were targeted at the leaders who tried to malign the character of 17 MLAs (who quit Congress & JD(S to join the BJP), and not on all MLAs, he clarified in a series of tweets.
The Assembly was adjourned sine die amid the ongoing dharna by the Congress members demanding the resignation of six ministers and an independent probe led by the high court chief justice into the CD with a video clipping that allegedly showed former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi in the company of a woman.