BJP’s Jalandhar Central legislator Manoranjan Kalia has ridiculed the Congress sleepover protest in the Vidhan Sabha as “publicity stunt”.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the former minister said the Congress legislators had started their protest on the pretext of being disallowed to speak on the no-confidence motion. “They are lying,” he said. “The speaker did give them the opportunity to participate in the debate. It was state Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi who was not satisfied with the time allotted to him.”
Accusing Channi of wasting the assembly’s time in arguing with the speaker, Kalia said the state CLP leader had also got into a verbal exchange with senior legislator Iqbal Singh Jhunda over the “trivial issue of his wearing the Akali badge while filling in for the speaker”.
The BJP MLA said it showed that the Congress was not serious to debate on its own no-confidence motion and interested only in political mileage. “Even the timing of the no-confidence motion is under question,” said Kalia. “This motion is the opposition’s most important weapon, to be used only when the government doesn’t have the numbers. However, the Congress brought it out when the government is fully stable. It again brings the state CLP leader’s intelligence into doubt.”
In the past six months, the Congress had moved no-confidence motion twice, said the BJP leader. “Is this the way to function? By making a mockery of the Vidhan Sabha traditions?