Cong stalls House over ‘tampering’ of business, second day a washout
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The second day of the winter session of the Punjab Assembly was lot in din and unruly scenes as the Opposition Congress, which had come prepared to put the Parkash Singh Badal government on the mat over the law and order situation, stalled the proceedings over "tampering" of the business listed for the day.
As the Question Hour ended and Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal called upon the Chief Minister to make his statement, leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar and other Congress members stood up demanding a discussion on the law and order situation in the state before the other items.
Jakhar said the matter slated to be debated in the "House today was law and order and the CM cannot make a statement on another issue on which they have sought the Speaker's permission for debate on the third day."
For once, Badal was seen losing his cool. "You take all the time. You have put a blot on me by accusing me of bribing voters. Now you won't even let me give an explanation," he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal who took up from here, said as leader of the House, the CM has the prerogative to speak anytime. But seeing the Opposition unrelenting, he ridiculed them for being scared of the CM.
As some leaders from both sides resorted to personal attacks, Congress MLAs trooped to the well of the House raising anti-government slogans. Amid the din, Atwal said it was decided in the business advisory committee meeting on Monday attended by Congress MLA Laal Singh and Rana Gurmit Sodhi that the CM would make his statement first and the debate will take place after legislative business. But the Congress alleged that the report of the business advisory committee did not list CM's statement before the debate. The Speaker then adjourned the house for 15 minutes.
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