TMC, BJP members in ugly spat inside LS

New Delhi/Kolkata :  The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed an ugly spat between members of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP and they had to be restrained from attacking each other, said electronic media sources.

Kalyan Banerjee of the Trinamool was seen rushing out of Parliament shouting that an inebriated BJP lawmaker had threatened to beat up members of the Trinamool and disrobe Kakoli Ghosh, a woman MP.

The BJP has denied the accusations. The trouble began when Trinamool members began shouting slogans against the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha to protest against the Railway Budget. They alleged that Bengal and its development had been ignored. BJP law-makers retaliated with slogans of their own.

Amid the din, some BJP members said something to their protesting Trinamool counterparts and soon ministers like Prakash Javadekar and Kalraj Mishra rushed to intervene to stop the exchanges.

The house was adjourned for an hour following this.

Outside the Parliament House, Trinamool MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar claimed that a BJP MP had “threatened and abused Trinamool members who were protesting peacefully”.

Trinamool’s Kalyan Banerjee, who was leading the protest inside the house, said: “BJP MPs threatened us and badly abused us.”

When the house re-assembled, party MP Saugata Roy said that some BJP MPs had “threatened to strip and beat up our MPs”.

Following continued ruckus, the Speaker adjourned the house for the day.

In Kolkata, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee claimed

“indecent comments” were made against her and her Trinamool MPs, and alleged that an attacker pulled at Ghosh Dastidar’s saree when they were protesting the “injustice” done to Bengal in the Railway Budget.

“Indecent language was used against me. Bad language was used against my women MPs,” she told media persons.

“Whatever happened is very dirty. They (Trinamool MPs) are all shocked. I will speak to my party,” she said.

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