JD(S) Likely to Expel MP Prajwal Revanna Over Sexual Assault Allegations: Reports

Bengaluru: The Janata Dal (Secular) is considering the expulsion of party MP Prajwal Revanna, who faces allegations of sexual assault against multiple women, according to reports.

The decision is expected to be made during a JD(S) core committee meeting in Hubballi, Karnataka, scheduled for April 30, at 10 am.

Revanna, who is the BJP-JD(S) alliance’s candidate for the Hassan Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka, has been embroiled in controversy following the emergence of several purported videos allegedly depicting him engaging in sexual abuse. These videos went viral on social media just days before the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.

The 33-year-old MP, son of HD Revanna and grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, is seeking re-election from the Hassan constituency. However, the allegations have prompted strong statements from within the JD(S) leadership.

HD Kumaraswamy, Karnataka JD(S) chief and former Chief Minister, emphasized that there will be no defence of Revanna if the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe confirms the charges. He stressed that the party will take “merciless action” in such a scenario.

The Karnataka government, led by the Congress, has established an SIT to investigate the allegations against Revanna. Despite denying the accusations and claiming that the videos are “doctored,” Revanna’s political future hangs in the balance pending the outcome of the investigation.

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