Punjab assembly session ends on bitter note
The five-day Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, which had begun with the Opposition Congress storming out of the House and boycotting the governor's address, also concluded on an unfriendly note on Friday with the Congress staging a noisy walkout after forcing a 15-minute adjournment.chandigarh Updated: Mar 07, 2014 17:53 IST
The five-day Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, which had begun with the Opposition Congress storming out of the House and boycotting the governor's address, also concluded on an unfriendly note on Friday with the Congress staging a noisy walkout after forcing a 15-minute adjournment.
Following the walkout, the Congress members did not come back and the over 70-minute business was conducted by the treasury benches in the absence of the Opposition.
Protesting against speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal's decision of not allowing 'zero hour', the Congress MLAs left their seats and trooped towards the well. As the unrelenting Congress MLAs refused to accept the speaker's argument that there was no tradition of 'zero hour' when the vote-on-account was to be presented in the assembly, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes at 10.45 am.
It was soon after the question hour that the Congress MLAs, including Charanjit Singh Channi, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Ajit Inder Singh Mofar and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, sought permission to raise issues in 'zero hour'.
But the speaker refused and the Congress members trooped into the well. "Please go back to your seats," the speaker kept asking the Congress leaders. "It is not the practice to hold zero hour on the day when budget or vote-on-account is presented in the assembly," Atwal stated as the Congress legislators again raked up the issue when the House re-assembled.
Refusing to accept the demand of the Congress, the speaker began taking up other matters such as presentation of reports. However, the Congress MLAs again walked towards the speaker's podium and staged a demonstration before staging a walkout at 11.08 am. After this, the Congress MLAs did not come back.
The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar was not present in the assembly.
While the Congress legislators were staging demonstration in the assembly, one MLA Navtej Singh Cheema did not join the slogan-shouting and instead went to bench of cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia and sat with him nonchalantly watching his partymen's protest.