Punjab Assembly’s monsoon session began on Thursday with the House paying tributes to 16 eminent personalities who passed away recently, including the wife of senior BJP leader L K Advani.As the House assembled on the opening day, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal mentioned about the deaths of Kamla Advani, eight freedom fighters, two former MLAs among others.
“Kamla lived her life for the uplift of poor,” the Speaker said.Among the freedom fighters included Karta Ram, Gurcharan Singh, Gurdial Singh, Babu Singh and Sant Singh Patanga.The House also paid tributes to Chand Kaur, wife of the former head of Namdhari sect Jagjit Singh, former MLAs Swaran Singh and Ram Lal.
Meanwhile, the Speaker denied request of Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi, who wished to include few other names who died in the recent past and asked him to maintain the sanctity of the occasion.Later, Assembly observed two-minute silence following which the Speaker adjourned the House for the day as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
After the House was adjourned, the Congress and SAD-BJP leadership held their legislative party meetings separately in the Vidhan Sabha complex.Meanwhile, the Punjab Congress spokesman Sunil Jakhar, who represents Abohar Assembly segment, informed that he had moved a privilege motion against Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal alleging that he had assured 100 per cent water supply, sewerage and street lights in 150 villages within three months during the Budget session, but till date nothing happened. He demanded a legislative committee to be constituted to go and check the facts on ground.
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