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Din in Punjab House as oppn MLAs spar, Congress remains a spectator

Lok Insaaf Party MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains had released an audio recording on November 27, claiming it to be a conversation about payment of Rs 35 lakh to a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge for action against AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira in a drug smuggling case

punjab Updated: Nov 29, 2017 09:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira with other AAP leaders protesting at the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday. LIP member Simarjeet Singh Bains is also seen. (Keshav Singh/HT)

The Punjab assembly witnessed noisy scenes on day two of the winter session on Tuesday with the opposition parties indulging in a slugfest after the Aam Aadmi Party sought a CBI probe into an alleged conspiracy against its leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira in a drug case.

AAP members’ demand, which came immediately after the House proceedings began, got a quick retort from SAD-BJP legislators. Raising slogans and flashing placards and posters, the opposition members trooped into the well of the House, throwing it into chaos. The treasury benches remained a spectator.

The AAP and Lok Insaaf Party, its alliance partner, were pressing for an adjournment motion for a discussion on the audio clip controversy, whereas SAD-BJP MLAs began by raising the drugs issue and then switched to the issue of non-implementation of farm debt write-off, a Congress poll promise.

Speaker Rana KP Singh adjourned the House for 30 minutes as the question hour for which one hour is allocated got over within half an hour. The sloganeering continued throughout the day’s proceedings. AAP-LIP legislators also staged a walkout over the issue of reduction in the number of sittings of the House.

CM Capt Amarinder Singh slammed opposition MLAs for “wasting” public money and precious time of the House by disrupting the proceedings. The assembly passed a bill making it mandatory for all MLAs to declare their property details by January 1 every year

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 11:28 IST