Patna: Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sanjay Paswan, during a workshop on the empowerment of Dalits at the A N Sinha Institute in Patna on Saturday, lost his temper and clashed with Professor D M Diwakar, former Director of the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, in full public view as other attendees tried to separate them to prevent the incident from further aggravating.
Paswan, who has been in and out of the BJP with some years spent in the Janata Dal – U, erupted in anger over something during the lighting of the ceremonial lamp at the beginning of the program.
Eyewitness said Paswan suddenly started yelling at Prof. Diwakar, a recipient of many awards, that could be heard by others in the workshop including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Shivanand Tiwari, JD-U leader and Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, HAM leader Brishan Patel, and Patna University Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Dolly Prasad.
At one point, Paswan shoved Dr. Diwakar and hurled profanity at him.
The situation was finally brought under control after other people in the hall separated the two and took Dr. Diwakar outside the room fearing assault on him by the BJP legislator.
The unfortunate incident took place in full view of some foreign academicians as well students from various colleges in Bihar.
Paswan has a long history of courting with controversy. Known for his penchant for black magic and handling of snakes, the BJP legislator, despite matter being brought to a peaceful end, continued to mumble throughout the event much to the chagrin of other guests.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS