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Upset for not being heard, Rajasthan councillor plays reed pipe to get chairman’s attention

The councillor’s antics were even caught on video and circulated on social media.

jaipur Updated: Jul 19, 2017 20:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,Mohammad Asif,Bhilwara
Councillor Mohammad Asif plays the instrument at the municipal council meeting in Bhilwara on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

A municipal councillor picked a reed pipe (locally called been or pungi) and turned into a snake charmer to attract the attention of the council chairperson at a municipality meeting in Bhilwara on Wednesday. The act didn’t amuse the chairperson, who suspended the councillor for two years from council meetings.

The councillor’s antics were even caught on video and circulated on social media.

The councillor, Mohammad Asif, left the meeting midway and later returned playing the reed pipe (been). In a video of the incident, Asif is seen playing the instrument before chairperson Lalita Samdani.

Some other councillors tried to stop Asif and it led to commotion in the house for a while before he was taken out.

“The council suspended him for two years for disgracing the house. He had disgraced the house earlier when he tried to hang himself,” Samdani said.

After the meeting, Asif told reporters that he didn’t repent his action. “I wanted her attention but the house was only saying pass to all issues,” he said.

“You all know the Hindi saying in which a been (reed pipe) is played before an animal,” he added.

“There were various issues, including the operation of a ropeway that I have been trying to take up with the chairman. I was not given time to speak despite repeated requests. I protested in this way to make my voice heard,” Asif said.

While BJP councillors tried to stop him, a handful of Congress councillors at the meeting came out in his support. Samdu Devi, leader of Opposition in the council, defended Asif’s actions. “What could he do? He’s been a councillor for two years but is not able to do any development in his area,” she said.

The opposition is demanding revocation of his suspension.

With inputs from PTI

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First Published: Jul 19, 2017 20:29 IST