Minister dares MLAs to take ‘monogamy test’, own up to affairs

Bengaluru: In a strange statement, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has dared all 225 Karnataka MLAs to come clean on their “extra-marital affairs by undergoing monogamy test”.

He called for an investigation into the personal life of all 225 members of the State Assembly to find out how many of them have had illicit or extra-marital relationships.

As this created an uproar in the Assembly and drew criticism, the Minister later said his statement has been misinterpreted, and expressed regret.

“To those opposition leaders from the Congress and JD(S) who are projecting themselves as Maryada Purushas and Sri Ramachandras, I want to throw a challenge. Let all 225 (MLAs) face an inquiry. Let it be proved who has had illicit relationships or not, including me,” Sudhakar had said earlier in the day.

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.

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.”

 

NT Bureau