Two UP BJP lawmakers came to blows at a party meet in Sant Kabir Nagar after an argument broke out over the placement of names on the foundation stone of a project.
BJP MP Sharad Tripathi and BJP MLA Rakesh Singh were seen exchanging blows after an argument ensued between the two.
The incident took place during a meeting of the District Action Plan Committee at the Collectorate where various representatives and officials were present. Read in Malayalam
Even as others present at the meeting tried to pacify the leaders, Tripathi hit Baghel with his shoe to which the latter retaliated by slapping the MP.
A police officer later came in between and the two were separated. The entire episode was captured on camera. Later in the day, Baghel and his supporters protested outside the District Magistrate office, demanding the arrest of Tripathi.
“The meeting was underway when the brawl broke out between the duo over some issue related to PWD. We could not even complete the meeting. This is highly condemnable. We were trying to discuss things about development,” ANI quoted an eye-witness as saying.
Condemning the incident, UP BJP chief MN Pandey said both Tripathi and Baghel have been summoned to Lucknow and strict disciplinary action would be taken. “We have taken cognizance of this condemnable incident and both have been summoned to Lucknow. Strict disciplinary action will be taken,” ANI quoted Pandey as saying.
Following the brawl, Tripathi said he regreted the incident. “I regret the incident and feel bad about it, what happened was against my normal behaviour. If I am summoned by state chief then will put my point across,” ANI quoted the MP as saying.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines