SP MLA fumes after being asked to sit in audience

As Hashmi, MLA from Utraula, tried to take a seat on the dias, he was stopped by officials and local leaders, forcing him to take the seat in the audience.

Last Updated: May 04, 2012, 21:41 PM IST

Balrampur: Ruling SP MLA Arif Anwar Hashmi was on Friday left fuming after he was asked to sit in the audience by officials during a state function and said he would demand privilege action, prompting Jails Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh to offer a public apology.

At a function at jail premises here, Minister for zoological gardens SP Yadav and home secretary Madhukar Dewidi were sitting on the dais besides Singh.

As Hashmi, MLA from Utraula, tried to take a seat on the dias, he was stopped by officials and local leaders, forcing him to take the seat in the audience.

However, an annoyed Hashmi threatened to raise the issued in the Assembly and alleged breach of privilege.

Singh offered a public apology and urged him to return to the dais, but Hashmi did not heed his request.

Addressed the meeting, he said the incident was "an attack on democracy and showed growing influence of the bureaucracy".

PTI