UP: BJP MP, MLA come to blows over placement of names on foundation stone

[India]: BJP MP Sharad Tripathi and party’s Uttar Pradesh MLA Rakesh Singh Baghel on Wednesday came to blows during a meeting to discuss developmental projects here.

Initially, both of them had a verbal argument over the placement of names on a foundation stone of some development project.

However, the argument soon turned ugly as the two leaders got into jostling, pushing each other and ultimately fisticuffs. Tripathi hit Baghel with his footwear to which the MLA also retaliated by slapping the MP.

The incident took place during a meeting of the District Action Plan Committee at the Collectorate where various representatives and officials were present.

There have been reports that the two have not shared a very cordial relationship in the past as well.
An eye witness said that the incident began with a heated argument between the MP and the MLA which snowballed into a physical fight.

“The meeting was underway when the brawl broke out between the BJP MP and MLA 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, members and officers were also present,” the witness added.

BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey told ANI, “We have taken cognizance of this condemnable incident and both have been summoned to Lucknow. Strict disciplinary action will be taken.”
More details of the incident are awaited.