Bhagwant Mann’s push for majority test sparks new defiance in Punjab

Two BJP MLA – Ashwani Sharma and Jangi Lal Mahajan – walked out of the House


During a special session that started today after a bitter war of words between the Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab, Opposition Leader Partap Singh Bajwa of the state opposed a vote of confidence called for by the Aam Aadmi Party, saying, that making a motion of confidence challenged the Governor’s authority. “I condemn it on the floor of the House of Commons,” he said in parliament. Congress and the Akali Dal MLA strongly oppose the fabrication of a motion of confidence with treasury benches.

Addressing the ongoing crisis in the Rajasthan Parliament, Bhagwant Mann hit back at the grand old party, saying, “now they’re going to teach us family law? First, ask them to come put their houses in order”.

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Sunday nodded to convening the House of Commons on September 27 after days of wrangling between the Raj Bhavan government and the AAP over holding a session of the state parliament.

After the Speaker’s statement, two BJP MLAs – Ashwani Sharma and Jangi Lal Mahajan – walked out of the House.

House Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan also said the House Business Advisory Committee had decided to extend the session to October 3 from the scheduled date a day earlier.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit had previously rejected the state government’s plan to convene a special session of Congress on September 22 to introduce a motion of confidence.

The AAP government had previously said that the session scheduled for September 27 would be used to discuss the issues of straw burning and the electricity sector.

The AAP government had an overwhelming majority with 92 MLAs in the 117-member House of Representatives, but the BJP and its government at the Center attempted to overthrow the government in the state through the so-called ‘Operation Lotus’, AAP accused.

“So it’s our duty that three relatives of Punjab are informed that there is no danger to the mission they have given us,” Minister Aman Arora said earlier today.

AAP alleged that BJP offered Rs 25 each to some AAP MLAs and tried to get them to switch sides. The party also claims that it has audio-video evidence of these exchanges that has been submitted to the police.

The ruling party has criticized both the National Assembly and the BJP, saying both are in favor of canceling the special session of the Punjab assembly. The AAP called the Governor’s move “the murder of democracy”.

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