Punjab Speaker cautions MLA from making irresponsible remarks

Punjab Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon on Thursday cautioned Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira for his "baseless" remarks on the functioning of various committees of Vidhan Sabha.

Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 19:32 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Assembly Speaker Nirmal
Singh Kahlon on Thursday cautioned Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira
for his "baseless" remarks on the functioning of various
committees of Vidhan Sabha.
"Khaira does not know about rules and functioning of the
various Vidhan Sabha committees... He first makes baseless
statements about the functioning of committees and later seeks
apology. It has become his habit," the Speaker said.

On the issue of Khaira refusing to appear before the
Vidhan Sabha`s Privileges Committee for his misconduct, Kahlon
said that he had not yet handed over the matter to the
Committee.

"How can Khaira question that he will not appear before
the Committee headed by Shiromani MLA Sarabjit Singh Makkar?"
he asked.

On April 26, Khaira had refused to appear before the
Committee saying that Makkar`s nephew had murdered an innocent
man a few days ago.
"There has been widespread anger and resentment against
the heinous criminal act of the nephew of Makkar... Keeping in
view the sentiments of society, I have decided to boycott
Makkar in his capacity as Chairman of the Privileges Committee
and will not appear before him," Khaira had said.

The Speaker should either change Makkar as Chairman of
the Privileges Committee or have the matter decided ex-parte,
he had demanded.

However, Kahlon in a letter here said "Khaira had been
giving proof of his immaturity. Makkar`s case is under law and
it does not have any bearing on the function of Vidhan Sabha."

The copies of the letter were circulated to media.

The Speaker advised Khaira not to make irresponsible and
baseless statements regarding functioning of Vidhan Sabha and
its committees.

Five Congress MLAs were asked to file their replies on
May 10 to notices issued to them by the Speaker for their
alleged gross misconduct during the budget session.
Kahlon had earlier said the Committee would take further
action in the matter after getting the MLAs` response.

On March 17, when some members raised slogans in the Well
of the House, the six MLAs had climbed turn by turn on the
desk of Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and
made speeches against the state government.

PTI