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Opposition must refrain from criticism for the sake of it: Punjab CM

Captain amarinder Singh said that the Congress government in Punjab welcomes healthy criticism, but the opposition should refrain from criticism for the sake of criticism, he added.

punjab Updated: Nov 20, 2017 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File Photo)

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Monday that the opposition should refrain from criticism for the sake of it and members of the assembly should follow the etiquettes and courtesies of legislative procedures.

“Members of the opposition should play a constructive and positive role in the interest of the people,” he said during the inaugural session of a two-day special orientation programme for legislators at the Vidhan Sabha. The event is being jointly organised by the assembly and the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute for Public Administration.

“Constructive opposition of the government’s policies and programmes will help it achieve better results in implementing pro-people initiatives, and members should follow the etiquettes and legislative procedures, traditions, courtesies and conventions for discussions in the House,” he said.

“The Congress government in the state welcomes healthy criticism, but the opposition should refrain from criticism for the sake of criticism,” he added.

The sessions during the programme will be conducted by experts and would benefit first-time legislators, in particular, by helping them understand legislative procedures and the correct manner to raise issues during proceedings, he observed.

“The discussions will also help MLAs become aware of their rights during the Question Hour and Zero Hour,” the official statement said quoting him. The chief minister urged members to adopt a “value-based” and “ethical” approach while raising issues.

Recalling his experience as an MP, Singh said that former prime minister Indira Gandhi used to hold regular orientation programmes for parliamentarians; and remembered participating in one such session in Surajkund in Haryana.

Speaker Rana KP Singh said that the initiative, mooted by the CM, was aimed at “transferring knowledge about legislative traditions and practices” to new members.

Leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that it would strengthen the legislature and particularly help first-time legislators.

Khaira stressed on the need to hold sufficient sittings of the House to allow members raise issues concerning their constituencies.

Recalling that in the last session of the assembly, a first-time MLA had crossed the floor of the House in a wrong manner, minister Brahm Mohindra said it was imperative to provide them with the necessary training.

First Published: Nov 20, 2017 20:41 IST