Ruckus in assembly : MLA runs away with Speaker’s mace

Former leader of the opposition and Trinamool Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman on Monday snatched speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath’s ceremonial mace from his table and made off with it before being restrained by the marshal of the assembly. Barman was protesting against the speaker’s refusal to allow a discussion on a sex scandal involving forest and rural development minister Naresh Jamatia.

This was the fifth time in the history of the Tripura assembly that the speaker had lost his symbols of authority. Monday’s session began heating up after opposition parties, Congress and TMC, sought Jamatia’s expulsion from the cabinet for his alleged involvement in a sex scandal in his constituency. Jamatia and Mrinmay Sen, councillor of the Agartala Municipal Council, have been accused of molesting a seven-year-old girl. Sen was arrested by Tripura police. He was later released on bail.

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