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IAC supporters, Cong activists get into scuffle

Patna: Supporters of NGO India Against Corruption and Congress workers were involved in a scuffle at Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia's press conference here today.

Trouble broke out when IAC supporter Archana Sharma was pushed out of the conference hall, where the press conference was being held, by Congress workers while she was trying to ask a question to Scindia, the Union Minister of State for Industries and Commerce.

Scindia speaks with a member of the NGO. PTI

The Congressmen asked her whether she was a journalist and when she refused to divulge her identity they allegedly pushed her out of the hall branding her as an RSS agent.

While being pushed out, Sharma shouted 'Bharat mata ki jai'. She again raised slogan 'Anna Hazare zindabad, Bharat Mata ki Jai' after coming out of the hall.

Angered by the act of Congress activists, IAC supporters raised slogans against the UPA government for arresting cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and also sought resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of coal blocks allotment.

Infuriated by the slogan shouting, Congress workers then tried to physically remove the protesters from the courtyard of the venue and in the process the clothes of some anti-corruption protestors were torn.

Scindia, whose appeal to the Congress workers to allow Sharma to ask her question went in vain, later met the lady outside and heard her demands patiently.

She urged the minister to intervene in the release of the cartoonist, but the latter excused himself by saying that the matter was sub-judice. Scindia also scolded Congress workers for misbehaving with IAC supporters.

PTI

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