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Honey sting: When Mayawati ordered a probe into bee attack

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 03, 2014
First Published: 16:37 IST(3/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:39 IST(3/2/2014)

In 2010, BSP boss, Mayawati, who was then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh was addressing a rally to mark the party’s 25th anniversary at the Rama Bai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow, when a swarm of bees made an appearance.


Mayawati immediately smelt a political conspiracy. Police lodged a first information report against unknown persons for the incident and an official release was put out.

"Someone disturbed honey bees at the nearby central school building by lighting a fire below the hive, following which they hovered over the Rama Bai Ambedkar Maidan for about an hour," read the official release.

The inquiry will reveal the mischievous elements behind the incident, it added.

Unperturbed by the sudden appearance of the bees, Mayawati continued to address the gathering.

"It's a matter of happiness and satisfaction that none of these bees have stung any of the BSP party workers," Mayawati said magnanimously, adding, "These bees are felicitating us."

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