The West Bengal Assembly was plunged into chaos on Monday as clashes erupted between the ruling TMC and BJP legislators after saffron party legislators demanded a statement from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the state’s “uninterrupted” law and order situation.
About 25 BJP MLAs, led by opposition leader Shuvendu Adhikari, then walked out of the assembly, claiming that several party MLAs had been harassed by TMC MLAs inside the house.
“The legislators are not safe even inside the legislature … At least 8-10 of our legislators were beaten, including Chief Whip Manoj Tiga, some TMC legislators because we demanded that the chief minister make a statement in the House on law and order. The issue, “Adhikari said. TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim, however, told reporters that the BJP was playing tricks to create chaos in the assembly.
“Some of our legislators were injured inside the house. We condemn the behavior of the BJP, “he said.
In a video shared by BJP leaders including IT cell chief Amit Malviya and spokesperson Shehzad Joy Hind, marshals and police officers were seen striking several MLAs on the floor of the house as they fought to stop the fighting.
Trinamool MLA Asit Majumder, who suffered a nose injury in the fight and was taken to hospital, alleged that opposition leader Shuvendu Adhikari punched him.
Among the noisy, five BJP MLAs – Shuvendu Adhikari, LOP; Manoj Tigga, Chief Whip; Narhari Mahato;
Deepak Varman and Shankar Ghosh have been suspended.
At least eight people, including a woman and a child, were burnt to death after a deputy chief minister, Vadu Sheikh, was killed on Monday over his allegiance to the TMC. Eight people were killed after the attackers set fire to several houses. The Calcutta High Court has ordered a CBI probe into Bagatui’s murder.
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