The Punjab government’s proposal to shift former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala from Tihar jail to a prison in Punjab rocked the state assembly on Thursday with the opposition questioning the government’s motive behind such a step.
During Zero Hour, Dera Baba Nanak Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa lambasted the proposed move of the Punjab government to shift Chautala to a prison in Punjab.
“The Punjab government wants to bring jailed Chautala to a prison in Punjab...is this the love of Badals for him...how will the state benefit from it?” Randhawa asked the ruling SAD-BJP front in the assembly here.
“What love does (chief minister Parkash Singh) Badal have for him (Chautala)?” he sought to know from the government.
“Chautala is behind bars in a corruption case. How will it help in Punjab’s development if he is brought from the Delhi prison to the state?” he said.
Raising the issue in the House, Leader of the Opposition Sunil Jakhar wanted the government to answer whether the Akalis have resolved the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water distribution issue with Chautala’s INLD in Haryana.
Intervening in the matter, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said the matter is administrative in nature, between the two governments, hence he could not interfere in it.
Congress MLA Ajit Inder Singh Mofar said there are other key issues such as the farmers’ crisis that needed urgent attention of the government.
Former Haryana chief minister Chautala, along with his son Ajay, is lodged in Tihar jail after being convicted in a scandal involving the recruitment of junior basic teachers (JBT) in the state.