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BJP-TMC Netas Come to Blows in KMC House

Deccan Chronicle.| Rajib Chowdhuri

Published on: September 17, 2023 | Updated on: September 17, 2023
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Kolkata: In an unprecedented incident, Trinamul Congress and BJP councillors clashed among themselves during the monthly session at the House of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Saturday.

Furious over the fight between the two sides, KMC chairperson Mala Roy, who is also South Kolkata TMC MP, adjourned the session and left the House. She however returned to the House later, sent a stern message to the warring councillors and sent show cause notices to two of them.

The tussle took place amid a debate when TMC councillor of ward no 70 Asim Bose left his seat in the treasury bench angrily and attacked BJP councillor Sajal Ghosh of ward no 50 who had alleged that the questions of the opposition were not being allowed. Mr Bose pushed Mr Ghosh who also retaliated to him.

Another BJP councillor Vijay Ojha came in rescue of Mr Ghosh. Meanwhile another TMC councilor Sudip Polley grabbed Mr Ghosh by his neck. Soon others also joined the fight. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim had a tough time to tame the warring sides. He later condemned the clash.

Ms Roy said, "Show-cause notices have been served to Mr Bose and Mr Ghosh. If their replies are found not satisfactory, next steps will be followed. The members of the House should know how to behave and raise their questions during a session."

She added, "Such incidents, though not welcome, have taken the shape of an epidemic. They are found both in parliament and assembly. Now a trivial incident happened here also. But the public representatives must maintain the decorum of the House." In the evening the BJP held protests in the city.

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