Punjab assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Congress MLA Arvind Khanna, who resigned on Friday.46-year-old Khanna was legislator from Dhuri assembly seat.
"I have decided to go ahead with my resignation from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and active politics to devote my time to my family and business. I had decided to resign in April last year, but did not do so due to some last minute personal reasons. I have already conveyed this decision to the party and the leaders," he had said in a statement.
Businessman-cum-politician Khanna is a close confidante and kin of Amarinder Singh. He had been MLA twice in 2002 and 2012 on Congress ticket.
The resignation of Khanna has reduced the number of Congress MLAs in Assembly to 44 and necessitated by-election to the Dhuri assembly constituency within the stipulated period of six months. The total strength of Punjab Assembly is 117.