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Chawla takes speaker to task

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 22, 2012
First Published: 23:52 IST(22/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:53 IST(22/12/2012)

Former Punjab health minister and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla has taken Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal to task for his "ignorance" about the happenings in the august House on Wednesday and for failing to take suitable action against a minister who used abusive language in the assembly.

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In a statement on Saturday, Chawla said the speaker's claim that he did not hear foul language mouthed by a minister seems ridiculous as everyone saw and heard it on YouTube. The speaker did not even muster the courage to suspend the minister concerned for just one hour from the assembly, she said without referring to the expulsion of a Congress MLA on similar charges.

The speaker remained a mute spectator as honourable members crossed all the limits in the assembly, she added.

"In the last Vidhan Sabha, I had made a demand for enactment of a law to punish those who use foul language against women. This should be on the lines of the existing law that makes caste-based derogatory remarks a punishable offence. I think after the recent incidents in the assembly, enactment of such a law becomes all the more necessary," she added.

'Whatever happened was unfortunate'

Amritsar: Stating that whatever happened in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha was 'very unfortunate', deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has said this all happened because the Congress had nothing to debate on the law and order situation in the state.

Addressing mediapersons, Badal said: "Whatever has happened (abuses) is very unfortunate. But the Congress was not ready to listen and had already made up its mind that it would walk out."

Even chief minister Parkash Singh Badal requested leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar to come and talk but they never wanted it, Sukhbir said.

On being questioned over use of abusive language by his own minister, the deputy CM said: "I have already said whatever happened was unfortunate."

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