Khanna's resignation accepted, way for Dhuri bypoll cleared
Punjab assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, on Tuesday, accepted the resignation of Congress MLA Arvind Khanna, paving the way for the byelection to the Dhuri assembly constituency.punjab Updated: Jan 21, 2015 00:49 IST
Punjab assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, on Tuesday, accepted the resignation of Congress MLA Arvind Khanna, paving the way for the byelection to the Dhuri assembly constituency.
According to rules, a bypoll has to take place within the stipulated period of six months from the day of acceptance of the resignation of an MLA.
Businessman-cum-politician Khanna is a close confidant of Amarinder Singh. He had been an MLA twice in 2002 (Sangrur) and 2012 (Dhuri) on Congress ticket. He has resigned from active politics and already announced that he has left politics and won't join any party.
"After verification and on personal request of Arvind Khanna, I have accepted his resignation," said Atwal. The Vidhan Sabha will issue a formal notification in a day or two in this regard, he added.
With Khanna's resignation, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), for the time being, has attained simple majority as the number of sitting members in the assembly has come to 116 and the panthic party has the half way number of 58 legislators. And, a victory at the bypoll will end its dependence on the coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Sangat Darshan programme
The resignation has also reduced the strength of Congress legislators to 44 in the 117-member assembly.
Anticipating early polls, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will start his three-day sangat darshan programme in Dhuri from Wednesday onwards.
As per his plan, the CM will personally visit every village of the constituency in the next couple of days, as he decided to devote at least 10 days for sangat darshan meeting people before the election.
To mobilise workers, the administration has been directed to invite every single panch, sarpanch, block and zila parishad members and SAD office-bearers to the sangat darshan. SAD workers are also working to mobilise the public for the sangat darshan. The chief minister is scheduled to stay for half an hour at every village.
No candidate finalised
Meanwhile, during his short visit to Lehra Ghagga in Sangrur to express condolences over the demise of Akali leader Garja Singh, the CM said that SAD has yet not finalised any candidate for the bypoll. "It's too early to comment on the outcome as no poll date has been announced. The sangat darshan is one of the main programmes of the SAD-BJP government and it has no connection with the polls," he said when asked about the possible candidate and his plan to conduct sangat darshan in Dhuri constituency.
The CM also said that the SAD-BJP coalition was strong and both parties will unitedly contest the coming civic body polls of Punjab and Delhi.