JD(S) Leader Asserts Party Will Not Protect Nephew Amid Obscene Video Controversy

JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy vows to take "severe action" against his nephew, MP Prajwal Revanna, over obscene video scandal, suspending him from the party. Highlights need for accountability among elected officials.

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JD(S) Leader Asserts Party Will Not Protect Nephew Amid Obscene Video Controversy

JD(S) Leader Asserts Party Will Not Protect Nephew Amid Obscene Video Controversy

Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy has asserted that the party will not protect his nephew and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna amid the controversy over an obscene video case in Karnataka. The JD(S) has convened a core committee meeting to consider the suspension or expulsion of Prajwal Revanna from the party. Kumaraswamy stated that the party will not shield anyone involved in such controversies and will take appropriate action based on the outcome of the meeting.

Kumaraswamy described it as a "shameful issue" and said the party will take "severe action" against Prajwal Revanna, who faces suspension over allegations of sexual abuse of several women. The former chief minister said there is no question of defending Prajwal Revanna and the party will take "merciless action" if the allegations are proven true.

Amid growing pressure on the JD(S) to take action, the party is set to suspend Prajwal Revanna on April 30, 2024. Kumaraswamy, distancing himself and his father HD Deve Gowda from the scandal, told reporters that Prajwal would be suspended. The Karnataka government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the sex scandal, which is believed to involve several women in about 3,000 files.

Why this matters: The obscene video controversy involving a sitting MP has sparked outrage and put pressure on political parties to take swift action. The case highlights issues of sexual abuse and the need for accountability among elected officials, regardless of their political affiliations or family connections.

Kumaraswamy emphasized that an individual's deeds, not their family, should be the focus. He said the party has no objection to the SIT investigation and that action should be taken against those involved. The JD(S) leader also acknowledged the possibility of a political conspiracy behind the video clips leak and called for a fair probe by the SIT. The developments are not expected to impact the election results in Hassan, where the NDA candidate is anticipated to win.

Key Takeaways

  • JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy vows no protection for nephew Prajwal over sex video scandal.
  • JD(S) to consider suspending or expelling Prajwal Revanna, MP, over sexual abuse allegations.
  • Kumaraswamy calls issue "shameful", promises "severe" and "merciless" action if charges proven.
  • JD(S) to suspend Prajwal on April 30, 2024, as Karnataka govt. probes 3,000-file sex scandal.
  • Scandal highlights need for accountability among elected officials, regardless of political ties.