Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the behaviour of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in the Punjab Assembly. In his post, the CM said, “Shocked & disgusted at behaviour of AAP MLAs in Vidhan Sabha, not seen such disrespect to Speaker in 50 yrs in politics, strongly condemn.” This came in the wake of the opposition party creating a ruckus over farm debt waiver and sand mining issues. Amid the din created in the assembly, in which the SAD-BJP members too joined in, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the house twice. With the situation deteriorating, all AAP members were suspended for the day. However, it was the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjit Singh Bains who was suspended for rest of the session. This happened after he went to the extent of hurling papers at the Chair.
The Assembly session had started with the Akali Dal and BJP members demanding a discussion on farm loan waiver and that too before taking up questions from the members of the House, reported PTI – AAP MLA H S Phoolka also joined them in making this demand. SAD-BJP members said their adjournment motion on debt waiver be allowed to which the Speaker said he did not receive their motion in time. The opposition parties thereafter cornered the state government for not delivering on the poll promise waive off farm debts.
Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu then started criticising the opposition members and taunted them by saying people had forced them to bite the dust during the Assembly elections. He targetted SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia for being absent from the proceedings. Punjab Parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra joined in cricising the SAD and BJP members and called them undemocratic.
According to PTI, during the Zero Hour, Akali MLA Ajit Singh Kohar accused Navjot Singh Sidhu of using abusive words against them and the SAD-BJP members rushed to the Well of the House and sat there in protest shouting slogans against Sidhu. This led the Speaker expunged a single line remark uttered by Sidhu.
Sidhu in his reaction to the media said, “Akalis were being abused by the whole Punjab on social media. They do not have any answer for their misdeeds and that is why they are resorting to such tactics.”