Free liquor served at Karnataka BJP MP Sudhakar’s thanksgiving party, sparks row; Congress demands answers

Truckloads of alcohol was brought in for the event, with liquor bottles served openly by the party organisers, in the presence of the local police.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 08, 2024 | 7:57 PM Updated Jul 08, 2024 | 7:57 PM

Free liquor served at Karnataka BJP MP Sudhakar’s thanksgiving party, sparks row; Congress demands answers

Chikkaballapur BJP MP K Sudhakar allegedly hosted a liquor party on Sunday, 7 July, to celebrate his Lok Sabha victory from the constituency. This triggered controversy as the Congress targeted the BJP over the incident.

According to sources, liquor bottles were allegedly distributed to the people who attended the thanksgiving program, organised to celebrate his win from the Lok Sabha segment.

The event, purportedly organised by local BJP leaders, has stirred significant backlash with accusations of unethical conduct and legality regarding the distribution of alcohol in a public gathering.

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Liquor served openly in cops’ presence

Truckloads of alcohol were brought in for the event and the liquor bottles were served openly by the party organisers, in the presence of the local police.

Videos of people being handed liquor bottles with police personnel and “bouncers” around managing the crowd amid barricades have gone viral on social media.

Despite widespread video evidence of the event, Sudhakar has vehemently denied any involvement in the party.

According to sources, leaders, workers and supporters of BJP’s alliance partner JD(S) and Opposition Leader in the Assembly R Ashoka also attended the event on Sunday, organised by local BJP leaders, where non-vegetarian food was also served.

The excise department had given the licence to serve liquor at the event, according to official sources.

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Congress slams BJP

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Monday, 8 July demanded “answers” from BJP President JP Nadda on the issue.

Shivakumar hit out at the BJP MP saying, “I do not want the local leaders to respond to this. I want the BJP National President to respond to this. It is culture of the BJP.”

Asked whether any case will be booked, he said: “That is the next point, first let the party (BJP) answer.”

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, in a tweet, said, “Saying one thing doing another….BJP leaders are busy distributing liquor while the state is dengue-stricken. Where are the BJP leaders who questioned me swimming at the swimming pool when I visited Mangalore (Mangaluru)? Is this your culture?”

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MP Sudhakar denies allegations

Sudhakar feigned ignorance about the liquor party claiming this goes against his principles. In his defense, he told the media that he learned about the incident from them and was unaware if organisers arranged it or attendees consumed it.

Strongly denying any involvement, he asserted that using alcohol for political purposes goes against his 20-year career principles.

Sudhakar also expressed disappointment over the incident, calling for a strict policy against serving alcohol at political events and confirming he has addressed the matter internally.

Stating that he has nothing to do with the incident, Sudhakar said whoever organised distribution of liquor, whether it is BJP or JD(S) workers, it is “wrong”, and that such things will not be repeated.

“Taluk BJP and JD(S) workers had organised the event and they had invited me and Leader of Opposition Ashoka. We came out after attending the meeting. Whatever happened after the event, I came to know through the media,” he said.

“I’m not aware whether the organisers of the event distributed liquor or whether the attendees consumed it…In my 20 years of political life I have never done politics by distributing liquor. It should not be done, it is unpardonable, I have told everyone,” Sudhakar, a former Karnataka Health Minister, added.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj, with inputs from PTI)

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