The police claimed action was taken to prevent the march as permission was not granted by the administration to BJP to carry out the programme.

Scores of slogan shouting BJP workers besides party MLAs and MPs, carrying placards and party flags, started their march from Khanapara area in the city, days after the five party MLAs and seven from Congress, who had recently declared their allegiance to the Opposition party, were suspended by Assembly Speaker for the five-day Winter Session for disobeying his ruling.

The MLAs had protested on the law and order situation in the state leadding to noisy scenes. As the demonstrators today broke police barricades to move forward, police burst tear gas shells and fired rubber bullets in the air to stop their march, the officials said.

BJP in-charge of Assam Prabhari Mahendra Singh told reporters that "An Emergency-like situation has been created by the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government here. The police is acting as an agent of the Congress to prevent a democratic movement".

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