Bengal Assembly turns into boxing ring as TMC, BJP MLAs exchange blows


Guwahati: Five BJP MLAs were suspended from the West Bengal Legislative Assembly after ruling TMC and Opposition MLAs exchanged blows on the floor of the House. The Assembly plunged into pandemonium as the MLAs from both sides indulged in a scuffle.

The five suspended MLAs of the BJP have been identified as Suvendu Adhikari, Manoj Tigga, Shankar Ghosh, Dipak Barman and Narahari Mahato.

BJP MLAs were demanding a statement by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the House over the 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 8-10 of our legislators were beaten up, including Chief Whip Manoj Tigga, by some TMC MLAs, as we demanded that the CM make a statement in the House on the law and order issue,” BJP’s Adhikari said. Adhikari is the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya attacked the Trinamool Congress government and sought to know what Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to hide.

“Absolute pandemonium in the West Bengal Assembly. After Bengal Governor, TMC MLAs now assault BJP MLAs, including Chief Whip Manoj Tigga, as they were demanding a discussion on the Rampurhat massacre on the floor of the house. What is Mamata Banerjee trying to hide?” he tweeted along with the video of the chaos. The video shows a group of MLAs pushing each other and shouting, creating pandemonium inside the assembly.

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.

Last week, eight people in Birbhum were killed after their houses were set on fire. The incident occurred after the alleged murder of a ruling TMC deputy chief of the local panchayat. The case is now being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the behest of the Calcutta High Court.