CLP meeting: No strategy discussed as MLAs open front against own govt
Chandigarh The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Thursday held to chalk out a strategy for the budget session of the Vidhan Sabha turned into a forum for venting out frustrations by the MLAs against their own government.
The agenda was hijacked by the listing of grouses, even as chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh was chairing the meeting. The CM has given his nod to a meeting of longer duration on Tuesday next week, with MLAs saying they wanted an audience with him more often.
Interestingly, anticipating that there could be an outburst of concern and anger from MLAs, even the personal staff of the CM, including his security advisor Khubi Ram, and a political secretary was sent out of meeting venue. The hospitality staff that was to serve tea and snacks were also not allowed.
In spite of this, however, chaos prevailed at the meeting when a verbal spat broke out between an MLA from Moga district and a cabinet minister from Bathinda over the transfer of a tehsildar. A section of MLAs claimed that the minister and MLA exchanged heated words, even as the CM looked on. It was only after senior MLAs intervened that decorum was restored. Ghanour MLA Nirmal Singh Shutrana also attacked the government.
MLAs Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Parminder Singh Pinki and Kulbir Singh Zira said that in Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, MLAs had been pushed to B-blocks instead of their entitlement in A-block. “It has never happened in the past. I brought it to the notice of CM, who assured us that he will find a solution,” Kotli told HT. Madan Lal Jalalpur complained that despite repeated surveys by the state food department, residents of his constituency had still not received ration cards.
An MLA from Kapurthala attacked the functioning of a top minister, citing the issue of transfers of certain officers in Sultanpur Lodhi nagar council. “You have become ministers only after we were elected as MLAs. If we ignore those who have elected us as MLAS, how will we function,” he said.
Parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra tried to pacify the MLAs asking them to take up grouses within the party fold and not outside.
Agra A married woman and a man residing in her neighbourhood were beaten to death, allegedly by the woman's husband and in-laws in Susheel Nagar locality here on Friday. The accused, who committed the double murder in broad daylight, allegedly objected to the woman's relations with the neighbour. The batons used in the crime had been recovered, said SSP Agra SK Singh after inspecting the spot.
To mark International Emergency Medicine Day, the department of emergency medicine at King George's Medical University organised a discussion on Friday wherein speakers stressed upon the importance of early interventions in emergency to reduce morbidity and mortality. HoD emergency medicine at KGMU, Prof Haider Abbas said the National Medical Commission has made it mandatory for all medical colleges across the country to have department of emergency medicine since majority serious patients reach this department first.
Soon after the Narcotics Control Bureau on Friday gave a clean chit to son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, in the Cordelia drugs bust case, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi came down on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government for its “attempts to defame the state and Bollywood”. Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said “truth prevails” and slammed BJP for trying to “demonise” Maharashtra by “misusing Central agencies.”
Samajwadi Party's Lal Bihari Yadav has been recognised as the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad, the Upper House of Uttar Pradesh Legislature, according to an order issued by Parishad chairman Kumwar Manvendra Singh here on Friday. He replaces SP's Sanjay Lathar whose tenure as a Member of Legislative Council ended on Thursday. A resident of Azamgarh, Yadav is an MLC representing Varanasi teachers' constituency since 2020. His tenure will end in 2026.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has questioned the lack of “official briefings” by the Enforcement Directorate on its ongoing raids in the state in connection with the alleged MNREGA scam. The series of ED raids in connection with alleged embezzlement of ₹18.06 crore of MNREGA funds started on May 6, when the federal agency searched multiple locations in four states, including official residence of Jharkhand's mines & industry secretary Pooja Singhal.