Journalists asked to leave venue of Mayawati`s function

An altercation between journalists and BSP workers reached to such an extent during a party function, attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, here that the scribes were asked to immediately leave the venue.

Last Updated: May 22, 2011, 19:25 PM IST

Haridwar: An altercation between journalists
and BSP workers on Sunday reached to such an extent during a party
function, attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati,
here that the scribes were asked to immediately leave the
venue.

Mayawati was in the town to participate in a BSP workers`
conclave which was organised at the Rishikul ground, but no
seating arrangement was made for the journalists covering
the function.

Finding no place to sit, journalists rested on a platform
raised to accommodate camerapersons of electronic media.

This was resisted by the party workers who were finding
it difficult to see their leader.
The enraged workers later started throwing empty water
bottles on the scribes and asked them to go from there.

As altercation continued for sometime, the security
personnel asked the journalists to leave the place.

Later, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Achal Rajbhar also
announced from the dais that this is a BSP workers` conclave
and so the journalists should immediately leave the place.
After this, all the reporters later left the venue.

Earlier, Mayawati was presented two elephants, a sword
and a necklace, all made of gold, by the party workers.

Addressing party workers, Mayawati said the BSP would
field candidates on all seats in the Uttarakhabd Assembly
elections due early next year.

PTI