Following a remark by senior minister Ambika Choudhary, members of the Samajwadi Party and BJP came to blows in the Assembly after the House was adjourned over accusations in the Muzaffarnagar violence.
As BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpayee led BJP members into the well, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was escorted out of the House by marshals and several young SP MLAs.
The problem started soon after the House assembled. BJP leader Hukum Singh demanded that the CM should express regret over the remarks made against Singh Thursday and that BJP MLA Suresh Rana, who is named in an FIR in the Muzaffarnagar riots, should be given a chance to explain himself.
Rana was asked to give clarification after the Question Hour. “I am saying it with all confidence that if there is any such CD in which I have given any hate speech, I am ready to face any punishment, else action should be taken against those who had got the accused released from police station,” Rana said.
This irked Minister of State Kamal Akhter and SP MLA Zahid Beg stood up and protested. The Speaker asked Rana to sit down. Both BJP and SP members, however, kept shouting at each other.
Amid this, Ambika Choudhary, who was sitting beside the CM in the absence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan, remarked: “Sir, the BJP MLA was given a chance to put forth his stand and not to talk about any particular incident.”
Ambika’s bete noire Upendra Tiwari, the BJP MLA from Phephna (Ballia) who had defeated him in the Assembly elections, opposed.
An infuriated Ambika told Tiwari: “Gundai karogey, abhi bahut umar lagegi, baith (Want to indulge in gonndaism, it will take you ages, sit down)”.
The CM signalled Ambika not to speak. Tiwari tried to move towards Ambika but was stopped by Hukum Singh.
Laxmikant Bajpayee, protesting against the denial of opportunity to Rana, led BJP members and trooped into the well. “Riots Mantri Azam Khan is given one hour to speak and our MLA is not given even 10 minutes. It is injustice,” BJP MLA Keshav Maurya said.
The Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes.