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Speaker okays contempt of House proceedings against Sukhbir Singh Badal

This is second privilege motion against the Opposition accepted by the speaker in two days.

punjab Updated: Jun 24, 2017 09:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Speaker,Punjab House,Sukhbir Singh Badal
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal along with other party leaders wore black robes as a sign of protest outside Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

A day after bedlam in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, speaker Rana KP Singh on Friday initiated proceedings against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for contempt of the House, showing disrespect to the chair and calling him a “dictator”.

This is second privilege motion against the Opposition accepted by the speaker in two days.

While moving the motion, parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra referred to the Thursday incident when Sukhbir pointed towards the speaker’s chair and allegedly said: “Tussi aithe pagan laun aaye o (You are here to toss turbans)?” Sukhbir along with 15 party legislators was leading a protest against use of force for evicting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members. Turbans of three AAP legislators were tossed in the melee.

Supporting the resolution, Congress MLA Khushaldeep Singh Dhillon said the matter was serious as a party chief was involved in it.

The speaker announced in the House that the SAD chief’s actions were “intentional, unwarranted and contemptuous”.

Accepting the resolution, he referred the matter to the privileges committee of the assembly to decide on the penalty to be imposed on Sukhbir. The resolution was passed when Opposition MLAs had staged a walkout.

The privileges committee can take any action against an erring MLA — from a reprimand to suspension from the House.

Reacting to the proceedings, Sukhbir said he is afraid of nothing when it comes to ensuring respect to the turban.

“What kind of a government is this? Turbans are tossed and ladies are molested,” he said, referring to the Thursday melee. “I don’t care about the action they take against me.”

Earlier, on Thursday, the speaker had accepted the breach of privilege motion against the AAP and SAD-BJP combine MLAs for ruckus in the House, and against AAP legislator Jai Kishan Rody in particular for allegedly punching a female staffer of the watch-and-ward team.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 20:07 IST