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Sit-in at Punjab assembly: Badal’s visit fails to placate Punjab Cong MLAs

punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2016 15:46 IST
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Badal meeting the protesting Congress MLAs on Tuesday, requesting them to vacate the hall. (Chitleen K Sethi/HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal returned after an unsuccessful meeting with 27 Congress MLAs sitting in protest at the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

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Badal visited the House, which is closed for Eid, to meet the MLAs who spent the night in the assembly, demanding that the debate on the no-trust vote against the SAD-BJP government moved by party legislature party leader Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday be resumed.

The meeting of the protesting MLAs with the chief minister lasted 15 minutes. The protesting MLAs told Badal that they will not leave the assembly till Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal agrees to resuming the debae. Badal expressed helplessness in the matter, saying it was the Speaker’s prerogative to decide on these matters.

Badal urged the Congress MLAs to meet the Speaker on Thursday.

Of the 42 Congress legislators in Punjab, nearly 30 MLAs, including four women, decided to stay put in the assembly in Chandigarh on Monday night; (and right) party leaders Sukhjinder Randhawa, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, Charanjit Singh Channi and Navtej Bajwa on the floor of the House. ht photos (HT Photos)

Sources in the CMO said the chief minister decided to meet the protesting MLAs as an “elder member of the House” to try and resolve the issue.

Atwal, who is undergoing a medical procedure in a Ludhiana hospital, is not expected to come to the assembly and the stalemate is likely to continue till the assembly session’s last day begins on Wednesday morning. He is firm that the no-trust motion was put to vote on Monday evening and defeated.

The Congress leaders and supporters who were protesting outside the assembly left by the time Badal reached.

The Congress legislators spent Monday night inside the assembly, sleeping on the floor and seats of the House, as part of an unprecedented protest against the state government after losing the no-confidence motion.

Security personnel at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha gate on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)