Chandigarh: Objecting to revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s asking the privilege committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for action against two Congress legislators, the Punjab Congress leaders on Saturday said the minister should not talk about rules, principles and morality, as his loyalist and he had violated the ‘maryada’ (dignity) of the House.
The joint statement issued by senior Congress leaders Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tarlochan Singh Soond, Hardyal Singh Kanmboj, Muhammad Sadiq, Harchand Kaur, and Joginder Singh Panjgarain asked Majithia to introspect before making the demand whether his coterie and he had any moral right to. He had raised this demand in the House Thursday, saying the Congress MLAs had threatened the safety and security of party legislator Ashwani Sekhri at the assembly on Wednesday. Later, Sekhri had in the House revealed the names of Congress MLAs Ramanjit Singh Sikki and Sangat Singh Giljian, and the speaker said he would refer the matter to the privilege committee.
The Congress leaders said the issue between Sekhri and the two MLAs was internal matter of the party and resolved already. Claiming that it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, senior Congressmen reminded Majithia about the abuses he had hurled at their MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh in the House during the previous session. “The video of that incident is still on the social media as a proof of the time when you tried to curb democratic voices by intimidation. Before going to the privilege committee, you must see his video. There can’t be separate laws for the ruling and opposition leaders,” they told the minister.