SAD-BJP combine`s reconciliation attempts with Congress
The efforts to revoke suspension of a Congress MLA in Punjab assembly yielded no results on Thursday as the state government`s peace emissary was allegedly pushed by protesting opposition members.
Chandigarh: The efforts to revoke suspension of a Congress MLA in Punjab assembly yielded no results on Thursday as the state government`s peace emissary was allegedly pushed by protesting opposition members inviting condemnation by the treasury benches.
Congress stuck to its stand of boycotting the assembly till Friday seeking cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia`s dismissal as a Minister and an apology from him to party MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh for allegedly using abusive language against him.
After heated arguments between treasury and opposition benches, a Congress legislator was suspended from the House yesterday.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asked his treasury members in the assembly to forgive the opposition for their yesterday`s "unfortunate" conduct.
Sukhbir pleaded before Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal to revoke the suspension of Congress MLA so that the opposition is present in the House during the debate on law and order situation in the state.
The Speaker asked Parliamentary Affairs minister Madan Mohan Mittal to move a resolution seeking revocation of suspension of the Congress MLA.
Mittal, however, said that before doing so there should be a meeting between the Congress and Akali MLAs for the opposition and treasury benches to reach at a compromise.
Admitting the plea of Mittal, the Speaker adjourned the House for 30 minutes.
The Congress members did not attend the session and protested in the MLAs lounge in the assembly and raised slogans against the government.
Mittal went to Congress MLAs as a peace emissary from the treasury bench side, but during the process he was allegedly pushed by Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, one of the protesting Congress MLAs.
In the melee that followed, Mittal along with Congress MLA Brahm Mohindra fell on the ground.
However, leader of opposition Sunil Kumar Jakhar took no time in apologising to Mittal for the behaviour of his partymen.