The Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday compared himself to a “rape survivor”, saying that the questions doing rounds within the assembly reminded him of situation wherein a rape survivor is repeatedly questioned over her ordeal.
The Speaker, pointing to repeated reference to charges against him, said his “situation was like that of a rape victim, as they too are supposedly questioned about the incident repeatedly.”
The Speaker’s comments were in reference to repeated disruptions in the house over the ruling Congress-JD(S) combines’ charges of Operation Kamala by the BJP. The disruptions were a result of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy releasing an audio tape in an urgent press conference where Opposition leader and BJP State Chief BS Yeddyurappa was purportedly heard offering a bribe of Rs. 50 Crore to a JD(S) MLA to switch loyalties.
The tussle has been on in Karnataka ever since the Congress hurriedly joined hands with the JD(S) to keep the BJP away from power. Both sides have been repeatedly alleging each other of horse-trading.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has constituted an SIT probe to come out with the truth in the authenticity of the audio tape and the offer made by the BJP Chief.