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Dirty secrets of MLAs come out as police go looking for bombs in UP Assembly

After the bomb threat on Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh State police's anti-terrorism squad was combing through the Assembly premises when they stumbled upon a dirthy truth - the legislators are treating the hallowed premises of the seat of democracy as a garbage dump.  Gurkha and pan masala pouches were found stashed under cushions of the chairs in the Assembly and the members had apparently spat all over the place, including under the chairs.

Staff correspondent, NewsCrunch

After the bomb threat on Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh State police's anti-terrorism squad was combing through the Assembly premises when they stumbled upon a dirthy truth - the legislators are treating the hallowed premises of the seat of democracy as a garbage dump.

Gurkha and pan masala pouches were found stashed under cushions of the chairs in the Assembly and the members had apparently spat all over the place, including under the chairs.

Chewing gutkha and spewing the resultant red stains all over public properties is a disgusting yet common problem in India's most populous state. To save government buildings from the damage, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had banned employees from bringing gutkha into the premises, a few days after swearing in.

However, law makers were left outside the ambit of such enforcement and they felt free to paint the town red through spit stains, reports The Telegraph.

Possibly because of the negative public perception of the cancer causing gutkha, the lawmakers had resorted to hide the empty pouches under their own cushions or any other cushion they could discreetly slip it under.

The intensive search operation was a result of 150 gms of deadly explosive PETN, which was discovered under an Assembly chair on Wednesday. Since then, the case had been handed over to the anti- terrorism squad and security at the Assembly has been beefed up. The Chief Minister called it a direct attack on lawmakers.

However, police have not yet zeroed in on who had brought the explosives in the Assembly and investigation is still on. The explosives have been sent to Delhi for further analysis.

 

 

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