Second day of Monsoon Session on Friday, was quite an active day of Punjab Vidhan Sabha as it witnessed various unexpected and unruly scenes.With two Independent legislators from Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh Bains and his brother Simarjit Singh Bains being forcibly thrown out from House and Congress trying to breach the cordon and attempting to reach speaker’s chair, a snag in the microphone of Chief Minister came as major embarrassment for the authorities concerned as it forced Speaker to suspend the House for twice that led to wastage of at least 1:45 hours of the legislators.
Interestingly, ruling SAD-BJP combine and Opposition Congress as well as two Independent MLAs, all were apparently well prepared to exploit the last session of the current Vidhan Sabha and the planning of all folds was quite visible with their gesture.While the ruling combine, with a desire to ensure a score over the opponents, was observed leaving no point to list its achievements, the Opposition tried its best to make a mark with much vociferous attacks than the previous session.
Interestingly, the Opposition could hardly score despite making the large presence in the House (33 MLAs sitting in the House) failed to put up an impressive show and finding the Speaker not allowing them to go ahead with their plan, they had to sit in the well of the house while some of their colleague legislators also attempting to capture the speaker’s chair by breaching the security cordon.
The Chief Minister, who as per his nature, was heard asking the coalition MLAs not to get provoked and reply to all issues raised by the Opposition, also left no stone unturned in scoring at the agitating Congress MLAs with his rhetoric and list of achievements in hand.As the Opposition, during previous session, gained public annoyance for repeatedly staging walkouts, they kept on raising slogans but didn’t opt to stage a walkout this time. Meanwhile, Speaker accepted No-Confidence Motion proposed by CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi, who accused SAD-BJP government failed to serve state in a rightful manner.
The speaker, however, rejected a privilege motion moved by former Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar, who had accused deputy CM of being a complete failure in fulfilling his promise, made in House on March 18, of providing water supply, sewerage facilities and other basic amenities to all households in 100 towns of the state.Former CM, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also raised the objection over Finance Minister Parminder Dhindsa’s wife distributing cheques worth crore of rupees in Lehragaga constituency, without any legal right, but she too failed to get any satisfactory response from CM and Speaker.
She was, rather, mocked at by the Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who recalled her that she used to address Dhindsa’s wife as her daughter.Further, in the Zero Hour Guruharsahai MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi asked CM Parkash Singh Badal to comment on his demand of installing statues of Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh, BR Ambedkar and some other martyrs in the house as 87-year-old Chief Minister asked Congress MLAs to first count what they did during their tenure.
CM, exploiting the opportunity to its best, drew the attention of all the members towards the construction of numerous monuments in the remembrance of different highly respected people during his nine-and-a-half-year government’s tenure. While the Congress spokesman Sunil Jakhar acknowledged and appreciated the CM’s statement, his party colleagues termed the CM not to waste time elaborating on the issue.Meanwhile, question hour also witnessed some points where the MLAs came across each other and accused ruling benches of not coming out clear on the sensible questions.
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