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Patna: Congress Minister of State for Commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia's first day in Patna on Tuesday did not go exactly as planned as his press conference being held at Hotel Maurya was crashed by the members of 'India against Corruption' (IAC) who demanded some straight answers from the Congress leader on scams, particularly the 'Coal-gate', that has led to the boycotting of Parliament sessions by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.
As reported, followers of Anna Hazare, the civil right activist who has launched a nationwide crusade against institutionalized corruption in the government,
Sharma also accused the Congress of launching an all-out assault on the freedom of speech following the arrest of young cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.
Suddenly, Congress leaders from Bihar jumped on the woman and dragged her out of the conference room accusing her of being a paid shill of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Another man, who was not identified, was also overpowered by the Congress workers and thrown out of the hotel for trying to ask questions from Scindia.
The IAC supporters, outside the hotel, chanted anti-Congress slogans while Sharma accused the Congress workers of physically manhandling her.
"I wanted to know why Aseem Trivedi was arrested under sedition charges but the Congress ruffians dragged me out of the room by pulling my hair," Sharma said.
Later, Scindia met with Sharma and other IAC supporters outside the hotel and apologized on behalf of some 'over-zealous' Congress workers.
Scindia is in Patna to do damage control over the 'Coal-gate' that is one of the series of financial scandals to break out during the Sonia-Manmohan regime at the Center.
Denying the charges of widespread corruption, the young Congress leader said that it was the UPA government that introduced transparency in the government through competitive bidding.
He also slammed the BJP leaders of acting out of malice and paralyzing the functioning of the Parliament in spite of the fact that BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, and Narendra Modi were also the beneficiaries of the coal block allotments.