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Swarm of bees at BSP rally: Maya suspects mischief

By Sharat Pradhan
March 16, 2010 13:19 IST
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A swarm of bees may not be welcome anywhere. But if they dare to venture into Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's domain, someone will surely have to pay for it. 

That was exactly what seemed to have happened in a late Monday night development, when the state administration ordered a high-level probe into the sudden arrival of a swarm of bees at the Rama Bai Ambedkar grounds in Lucknow while CM Mayawati was addressing a huge party rally there earlier during the day.

According to an official press statement issued in Lucknow, "The inquiry will be carried out by Lucknow Deputy Inspector General of police Rajiv Krishna."

The release said, "It was learnt that the swarm of bees had  come from a neighbouring Kendriya Vidyalaya, where someone lighted  fire under a huge beehive."

It observed,  "The inquiry will go into the apparent mischievous intention behind the act."

Interestingly, the release added, "The CM remained undaunted, even as the bees continued to hover around her podium for a long time."

The swarm of bees had descended at the rally venue around 1 pm on Monday and their presence did cause some commotion among everyone present. Even the chief minister's personal security officers appeared to be at their wit's end when the swarm reached the podium. However, they were lucky that the swarm soon flew away.

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