TMC MLA flees with mace of Speaker in Tripura assembly

Roy Burman later handed it over to the watch and ward staff in the lobby and the Speaker adjourned the House

TMC MLA flees with mace of Speaker in Tripura assembly

Tripura Assembly on Monday saw an unfortunate series of events when a Trinamool Congress MLA fled with the Speaker's mace during discussion related to Forest Minister Naresh Jamatiya's corruption charges.

TMC MLA Sudip Roy Burman, former leader of Opposition raised the issue during Zero Hour.

The minister Jamatiya then stood up and rubbished all the charges which were published in a Bengali daily. He said the allegations were baseless and were published to malign his image. The minister then said he filed a defamation suit against the newspaper.

The whole opposition sttod up and started shouting and asked the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who also holds the Hom portfolio to release a statement on the issue. Sarkar replied the matter was subjudice and opposition members would have to wait for the court's verdict.

Opposition members stormed to the well and raised slogans demanding that Speaker Ramendra Debnath allow discussion on the matter.

At this juncture, Roy Burman snatched the mace from the Speaker's table and fled from the House. He later handed it over to the watch and ward staff in the lobby following which the Speaker adjourned the House till 2 PM.

When the House resumed proceedings, the Speaker condemned the act by Roy Burman. The House functioned normally after the remarks.

Roy told CNN-News 18 : "I fled away with the mace because I was not allowed to put forward my views on the present law and order situation in the state. I wanted to raise my point that crime against women has increased in recent years and I would like to request the media to highlight the issue."