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… the BJP MLAs. Apprehending arrest, the BJP MLAs led by Ms. Bharti trooped out of the Assembly after the conclusion of the day’s proceedings. Raising slogans demanding the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party Government, the MLAs stood at the Vidhan Sabha gate and then coolly walked into the BJP office situated across the road on Ambedkar Marg even as the strong police force stood silently.

The political drama soon ended and no BJP MLA was arrested. The whereabouts of Mr. Som is not known; he is understood to be in the party office though no official conformation was available.

Ms. Bharti is scheduled to attend a party function in Varanasi on Thursday, BJP sources said.

Mr. Som, the BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut district, was present during the two-and-half-hour long Assembly debate on the Muzaffarnagar violence. Mr. Bhartendu Singh, the BJP MLA from Bijnor, was not present in the House.

Talking to reporters outside the House, Mr. Som denied that he had uploaded the fake video.

He accused the government of acting in a partisan manner in a bid to guard the interests of a particular community.

He said he was not afraid of being arrested, but demanded that action also be taken against Mr. Azam Khan.

Meanwhile, the SSP of Musaffarnagar said a police team has gone to Lucknow to arrest the MLAs, but no arrest has yet been made.