New Delhi: The West Bengal Assembly plunged into pandemonium on Monday as ruling TMC and BJP MLAs exchanged blows after saffron party legislators demanded a statement by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over “worsening” law and order situation in the state.
Around 25 BJP MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari then walked out of the Assembly, claiming that several party legislators were roughed up by TMC MLAs inside the House.
“MLAs are not safe even inside the Assembly. At least 10 of our legislators were beaten up, including Chief Whip Manoj Tigga, by some TMC MLAs, as we demanded that the Chief Minister of the state should make a statement in the House on the law and order issue,” Adhikari said.
TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim, however, told reporters that the BJP is staging a drama to create chaos in the Assembly.
“Few of our MLAs were injured inside the House. We condemn the conduct of the BJP,” he said.
Meanwhile, a video shared by BJP leader Amit Malviya on Twitter showed the scenes of Bengal Assembly in which MLAs were seen fighting and pushing each other inside the Assembly.
According to the reports, TMC MLA Asit Majumdar’s nose was broken amid the fist fight that broke out in the West Bengal Assembly, after which he was rushed to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.
Soon after the incident, five BJP MLAs including Suvendu Adhikary, Manoj Tigga, Narahari Mahato, Shankar Ghosh, and Dipak Barman were suspended for their alleged involvement in the ruckus inside the Bengal Assembly.
The ruckus in the Assembly was created over the Bhirbhum killings as Opposition, particularly the BJP, was demanding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to make a statement in the House.
Eight people, including two children, were charred to death as nearly a dozen huts were set ablaze in Bogtui village on March 22 in retaliation to the murder of a local Trinamool Congress leader, Bhadu Sheikh, who died in a bomb attack.
The Birbhum violence since then triggered a massive political showdown between the ruling TMC and the Opposition with several BJP leaders demanding the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.