Chaotic scenes were seen in the West Bengal Assembly today when lawmakers from the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP came to a standstill after the BJP demanded that Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee speak in the House about the state’s law and order -situation.
It comes against the backdrop of the gruesome killings in Birbhum district’s Rampurhat where eight members of a family, including five women and two children, were assaulted and then burned to death. The incident is said to be a retaliation after a local Trinamool congress leader, Bhadu Sheikh, was killed in a rough bomb attack. Following an intervention by the Calcutta High Court, the CBI is investigating the killings.
In a video shared by BJP leaders, including its IT cell chief Amit Malviya and spokeswoman Shehzad Jai Hind, several MPs are seen in a handshake on the floor of the House as officers and police officers struggle to stop the fighting.
Absolute pandemonium in the West Bengal Assembly. Following the Bengal governor, TMC MPs are now attacking BJP members, including Chief Whip Manoj Tigga, for demanding a discussion on the Rampurhat massacre on the floor of the house.
What is Mamata Banerjee trying to hide? pic.twitter.com/umyJhp0jnE
– Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) 28 March 2022
Asit Majumdar, MLA of Trinamool, who sustained a nose injury in the fight and was rushed to hospital, claimed that the leader of the opposition, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, punched him.
Mr Adhikari and four other BJP lawmakers were suspended for the whole year after the uproar.
“The opposition demanded a discussion on law and order and the government refused. They brought Kolkata police personnel in civilian clothes to clash with our MPs,” Mr Adhikari told the media.
“MLAs are not safe even within the assembly. At least 8-10 of our lawmakers have been beaten, including Chief Whip Manoj Tigga, by some TMC MPs,” he added.
However, Trinamool leader and Prime Minister Firhad Hakim placed the blame on the BJP. “Some of our MPs were injured in the house. We condemn the behavior of the BJP,” he said.