Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan today warned the Opposition leaders to be prepared to face the consequences of Congress MLAs stalling Punjab Assembly proceedings for a second straight day over their demand for Cabinet Minister Fauja Singh Sarari’s dismissal.
As the Congress MLAs sought Sarari’s dismissal and arrest over an audio clip in which he purportedly discussed ways to “trap” some contractors to “extort” money from them, the Assembly was filled with noisy scenes.
Sandhwan claimed that Congress legislators wasted “precious time and public money” as they raised slogans against AAP government as they entered the well of the House. He claimed the Congress legislators spent about Rs 80 lakh on a single day’s session. The proceedings are being watched live by about three crore Punjabi citizens. Adding another day to the session has betrayed Congress’ mandate. He warned them to be prepared for the inevitable on Monday.
AsMLAs from the Congress party, led by Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, rose from their seats and demanded a statement from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
In a stinging attack on the Congress leaders, Mann said the session could have been used to discuss public affairs rather than disruptions. Congress leaders were also asked to participate in parallel sessions outside the Vidhan Sabha, a jibe at the BJP.
In a veiled reference to the recent joining of former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for the BJP, the Chief Minister said there was no difference between the BJP and the Congress.
As a result, the whole Congress is following the directions of the saffron party, as the previous Congress Chief Minister ruled the state at the BJP’s directive.
In response to the charges, Bajwa claimed the session was a ploy by the Aam Aadmi Party “to cover up their constitutional fraud by proposing a general session and then holding a special session to move their trust vote agenda.”
According to him, the Speaker had overlooked important issues that the Opposition proposed for consideration in the House.