Assembly incident unfortunate, Cong triggered it: Dy CM

Terming the spat between Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and Congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh Sodhi in Punjab Assembly as "unfortunate", Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Saturday said that it was Congress which had triggered the ruckus.

Talking to mediapersons, deputy CM said Congress found itself in awkward situation after leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar's "failure speech" where he was "ineffectively" referring to incidents of Faridkot and Amritsar and hence wanted to "run away from the debate on law and order".

Deputy CM said Congress knew "they had nothing to debate on law and order after we were prepared to present the data where law and order situation during our regime was better than theirs". "Therefore, they planned to stall the proceedings," Deputy CM said, accusing Congress of "wasting public money" and the house session.

Even as the video showing Majithia hurling abuses has already gone viral, Sukhbir said that it was "Rana Gurjit Singh who abused one of the ministers". "After Rana Gurjit hurled abuses, leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar told me that he was sorry for that. We were the affected party, but next day I requested that Rana Gurjit Singh's suspension from house be revoked," Sukhbir said.

"It was unfortunate, It should not have happened," Sukhbir said, referring to the ruckus in Assembly.

Responding to another query, Sukhbir said crime against women was least in Punjab and that the state had plans for dedicated night policing duties. He added there was also a plan on anvil to install CCTVs at highways to monitor traffic.

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