6 Cong MLAs issued notice for misconduct during budget session

Punjab Assembly Speaker has issued notices to six Congress MLA charging them with "gross misconduct" during the recent budget session.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 21:10 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Assembly Speaker has
issued notices to six Congress MLA charging them with "gross
misconduct" during the recent budget session when they stood
on the desk of the Leader of the Opposition and made speeches
against the SAD-BJP government.

Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon told reporters
here this afternoon that the six MLAs have been asked to
explain their conduct to the Privileges Committee of the House
which will take action in the matter after getting their
response.

Kahlon said that the notices have been issued are
Makhan Singh, Ripjit Singh Brar, Sukhpal Singh Khaira,
Surinderpal Singh Sibia, Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh
Kang.
He said, "The members by their conduct denigrated the
sanctity of the House. The act amounted to gross misconduct on
their part."

On March 17 even as some members raised slogans in the
Well of the House protesting against the government, the six
legislators climbed on the desk of Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and
made speeches attacking the Parkash Singh Badal government.

Asked about the punitive action which the MLAs could
face, Kahlon said that they could lose their membership. "But
the final decision would be taken by the House after the
Privileges Committee submits its report," he added.
He said that Khaira has also been issued a separate
notice for allegedly speaking against the Chair in the media.

The Speaker said that he had accepted the resignation
of former SAD Minister and Chief Minister`s nephew Manpreet
Singh Badal from the membership of the House after he recently
formed a new party People`s Punjab Party.

The resignation submitted on March 26 has been
accepted with effect from April 13 and the Gidderbaha assembly
seat represented by him declared vacant. The Election
Commission has been sent a communication today intimating the
vacancy, he added.

Kahlon said that notices have also been issued to two
SAD legislators Jagmeet Singh Brar (Jalandhar) and Maninderjit
Singh Kang (Beas) after taking suo motu notice of media
reports stating that the two had joined the party floated by
Manpreet.

Asked if he would seek a response from SAD President
Sukhbir Singh Badal on the MLAs having joined another party,
the Speaker said that he need not do so as media reports on
the two SAD MLAs joining the newly formed party were clear.

PTI