Punjab CM angry after Governor asks for details of agenda for assembly session
In the escalating tension between Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the former has sought an explanation from the latter on the legislative work to be taken up in the special assembly session on September 27, to which the state government has reacted strongly.
A statement issued by the Raj Bhavan in the evening read, “On the letter dated September 27 of the Secretary, Punjab Legislative Assembly, requesting for an order of approval by the Hon’ble Governor to convene the Assembly on September 27, the Governor of Punjab There is a letter from the office of Addressing the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly, the details of the legislative business to be taken up in the proposed assembly session have been sought.
Hours later, the chief minister gave a scathing reply to the clarifications sought.
The consent of the Government/President is a formality before any session of the Legislature. In 75 years, no presidency/government has ever asked for a list of legislative business before convening a session. Legislative work is decided by the BAC and the Speaker. The next government will also ask all speeches to be approved by him. This is too much
— Bhagwant Mann (@Bhagwant Mann) September 23, 2022
Raghav Chadha, Rajya Sabha MP from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, also tweeted, “Legislative business is the exclusive domain of the advisory committee and the chairman, not the governor”.
Be it inflation or the ‘luxurious life of Bollywood wives’ – the legislative business is the exclusive domain of the Business Advisory Committee and the chairman, not the governor.
The Governor of Punjab is completely eroding people’s trust in his office, one communication at a time. pic.twitter.com/YIdtPl6bTH
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 23, 2022
The war of words began when Purohit withdrew his consent to the special assembly session demanded by the Punjab Chief Minister, demanding a motion of confidence over what was alleged by the BJP of “Operation Lotus” to destabilize the government. Went. A letter from the governor’s office said the permission was withdrawn after seeking legal opinion after representations from the opposition parties.
The letter mentions that Leader of the Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, and BJP state president and MLA Ashwini Sharma had approached the Raj Bhavan, arguing that the rules of the House allowed convening a special session. Wasn’t allowed “only one to move. vote of confidence in favor of the state government”.
Soon after the withdrawal of consent, the AAP legislators marched towards the governor’s office in protest, but were stopped by the police. The Punjab cabinet also met, calling for a two-day session from 27 September, although this time apart from “Operation Lotus”, it included stubble burning in the power situation and the list of business transactions.
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