India's senior Congress leader resigns after sex scandal

A senior Congress leader and governor of a southern Indian state resigned after an alleged sex scandal.

India's senior Congress leader resigns after sex scandal

A senior Congress leader and governor of a southern Indian state resigned after an alleged sex scandal in another blow to the ruling Congress party which is facing protests over statehood demands there.

Governor N.D. Tiwari, a top representative of India's president in Andhra Pradesh state, resigned late on Saturday after a local television channel aired a video of the 86-year-old Congress leader allegedly in bed with three young women.

Tiwari said the footage was doctored, but an embarrassed Congress party asked the governor to resign.

The Congress faces a mid-term poll in the state if political parties continue to protest and lawmakers resign en masse over demands for a new Telangana state,

The regional Telangana Rashtra Samiti party, which is spearheading the statehood demand has given the government time until Monday to decide on Telangana or face wider protests.

Tiwari's office said the veteran politician, who has held positions of Congress chief minister in the past resigned on health grounds.

The three-and-half minute footage was the most watched video on YouTube on Saturday in India and newspapers splashed front page stories on the sex scandal on Sunday that has sparked online debates on the conduct of politicians in India.

The Congress party, which has been criticised by the opposition for distancing itself from a move to carve the Telangana state after initially announcing its support, welcomed Tiwari's resignation and said it might take more action.


Reuters

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