Ruckus in Punjab assembly: Tossing of turbans ties AAP, SAD together
Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs protested the Speaker’s action against the AAP MLAs, alleging misbehaviour by the watch and ward.punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2017 09:29 IST
AAP MLAs protesting forceful removal from Punjab assembly at Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
All Aam Aadmi Party and ally Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs were thrown out of the Punjab assembly for creating ruckus and rushing to Speaker Rana KP Singh’s podium on Thursday morning. The MLAs were protesting the stopping of AAP chief whip Sukhpal Khaira and LIP leader Simerjeet Singh Bains at the assembly gate. Khaira and Bains have been placed under suspension for the budget session that ends on Friday.
The Speaker suspended the AAP and LIP MLAs, led by the leader of the opposition HS Phoolka, for the day after they disrupted assembly proceedings by raising slogans and rushing to the well of the House. He ordered their being taken out of the House when they jostled with marshals.
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The turban of one of the AAP MLAs, Pirmal Singh, came off in the jostling.
Khaira was suspended after he uploaded a video of ruckus in the House on June 16, while Bains was suspended on June 15 for throwing papers at the Speaker. The two held a dharna at the assembly gate when they were not allowed to enter the Vidhan Sabha complex on Thursday.
AKALIS TO AAP MLAS’ RESCUE
Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs protested the Speaker’s action against the AAP MLAs, alleging misbehaviour by the watch and ward. They walked out only to return with the suspended AAP MLAs. The AAP MLAs took their seats. Shortly before the session was to resume, the Speaker asked the marshals to forcibly evict the AAP MLAs from the assembly premises. Turbans came off in the jostling.
The Akalis protested, alleging that the assembly staff misbehaved with the AAP leaders. Akali MLA Bikram Singh Majithia was seen carrying a yellow turban belonging to an AAP MLA that fell in the melee.
When the SAD MLAs kept protesting and threw paper missiles at the Speaker’s chair, they were named (suspended) for the day. The Speaker asked the marshals to evict them from the premises. At this, the Akalis walked out of the assembly.
The Speaker adjourned the House for the second time since morning.