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Assam Congress MLA writes anti-govt slogan in blood; Speaker orders probe

An Opposition Congress MLA, Rupjyoti Kurmi, on December 3 cut his palm in the Assam Legislative Assembly to write anti-government slogans in blood, promoting the Speaker to order an enquiry into the matter.

Kurmi, walking out of the floor of the House sometime after the Question Hour, sat at the entrance and allegedly slit open his left palm with a blade. He used his blood to write a slogan against the government’s purported move to sell the two paper mills, fertilizer factory and two tea gardens in the state.

The medical team at the Assembly premises immediately rushed to Kurmi’s side and offered first aid. He was taken to the medical unit of the Assembly and the on-duty doctor stitched the wound.

He later returned to the House for rest of the proceedings.

Raising the matter in the House, ruling BJP MLA Padma Hazarika termed it a security breach and demanded enquiry into the incident, stressing how Kurmi managed to bring the blade to the Assembly when even a fork is not allowed.

Hazarika also urged the Speaker to consider the incident as an “attempt to suicide”.

Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami called for a meeting with the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and leaders of all parties in the Assembly at his chamber to discuss the matter.

Goswami assured of stern action, if needed.

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