Captain Amarinder bemoans wasting of public money, time.
Chandigarh – Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday lambasted the opposition for wasting public money and precious time of the House by disrupting the Question Hour and not allowing the Assembly to function. Talking to media persons outside the Vidhan Sabha after a disruptive Opposition made a mockery of the House proceedings and prevented it from conducting any serious business, the Chief Minister said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had turned the sacrosanct precincts of the Assembly into a battleground.It was against parliamentary traditions to disrupt the Question Hour, during which serious public issues were taken up, and the Opposition should have raised any other concerns during the Zero Hour, the Chief Minister said, after the House was adjourned for 30 minutes due to repeated disturbances, with slogan shouting opposition MLAS storming the well. While the drugs case involving AAP’s Sukhpal Singh Khaira was in the judicial courts, the allegations against SAD’s Bikram Singh Majithia were being investigated by multiple government agencies, including ED, Narcotics Bureau and DRI, Captain Amarinder, who is also the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, pointed out.“These are legal matters that should not be fought on the floor of the House,” he said. Responding to a question, the chief minister denied having ever giving a clean chit to Majithia. “The matter is being investigated by central agencies and the Punjab Police is extending full assistance to them,” he said. The issue of drugs is a serious concern for Punjab but the Opposition had made a mockery of it by indulging in such gimmickry, said the Chief Minister, after SAD MLAs demanded removal of Khaira as leader of the opposition and AAP demanded arrest of Majithia on drugs trafficking charges.
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