State For Scandal
- 2012 Laxman Savadi, C.C. Patil, Krishna Palemar: BJP ministers quit posts after they are caught watching a pornographic clip on their mobile phones in the state assembly.
- 2010 Hartal Halappa, food & civil supplies minister: Accused of raping his friend's wife in Shimoga, arrested, resigns. Still MLA.
- 2008 Raghupathy Bhat, Udupi MLA, BJP: His wife Padmapriya disappears from home and is soon found dead under mysterious circumstances in Delhi.
- 2007 M.P. Renukacharya, excise minister: His alleged affair with a nurse turns sour; she accuses him of blackmail and harassment, attempts suicide. Row still on.
Pornography is the new depth the BJP has plumbed in Karnataka. When the party won the 2008 assembly polls, the buzz was Karnataka would be its gateway to the impenetrable south. Instead, three and a half years on, the gateway has...