BJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat is once again in the thick of another sleazy controversy — a sex clip allegedly featuring him has gone viral in the temple town. This is the third time the MLA has been embroiled in a controversy in the past four years.
In the first incident, his wife Padmapriya Bhat was found hanging in a flat in New Delhi after disappearing from Udupi in 2009. The rave party at St Mary’s Island off Malpe beach was the second. Bhat was reprimanded by the elders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP for failing to use his authority in preventing the organisers of the rave party from unleashing obscenities involving foreign women tourists.
And now, in this fresh controversy, his detractors have released a video clip of a man resembling the MLA in a compromising position with a women. Sources who had viewed the clip claimed that the person featured in it faintly resembled the MLA.
Udupi, a temple town known for its religious fervour and traditional values, was quick to express anger and disgust over the issue. People expressed concern about the name of Udupi being tarnished by the incident.
Another version claimed that the clip was a political ploy to malign Bhat as he was stated to be a winning candidate in the forthcoming assembly elections, despite the drubbing the got at the recently concluded ULB elections.
“It could be a ploy to malign the name of Bhat,” said Udupi BJP president Udaykumar Shetty.
Meanwhile, a senior functionary in the VHP Raghavendra Acharya opined: “According to Hindu scriptures, a ‘Vidhur’ (widower) should abstain from sex for the rest of his life. A person in public life should assiduously follow celibacy.”
President of the Udupi VHP unit Suprasad Shetty Baikady, however, was unsure about the episode. “I cannot say what is right and wrong. But, why and how such intimate scenes of an individual came into public domain was a matter of concern.”
Furious with the developments, Raghupathi Bhat who was camping in Bangalore told DNA: “It was a smear campaign against me. I am totally convinced that it was a ploy to put me in bad light just before the elections.
If these were the dirty games that were being played by my opponents, I would not play into their hands anymore and I will not contest the elections. I will not put my party into embarrassment by contesting. I shall, however, work for victory of the BJP in the coming elections. But, I am deeply pained and hurt that people could go to such an extent to ward off competition.”