Ruckus in Punjab Assembly, Congress MLA suspended

Cabinet minister condemns Cong workers involved in criminal cases

The debate on law and order situation in the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday resulted in heated arguments between treasury and opposition benches, leading to the suspension of a Congress legislator.

The trouble broke out when cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, while participating in the debate, started condemning Congress members outside the state of Punjab who are accused in criminal cases.

Stormed into well

His diatribes forced the opposition to storm into the House well protesting against the treasury member’s accusations.

While the Congress flock led by CLP leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar was protesting in the well of the House raising slogans which were expunged by the Speaker, Bikram carried on with his diatribe against their leaders including those allegedly involved in cases in Congress-ruled states of Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana.

He also mentioned that sitting Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu too is facing a murder case and another former MLA Avtar Singh Henry is not even a citizen of India.

Sodhi rushed towards Bikram to ask clarifications from him and both the MLAs allegedly hurled abuses over each other.

House adjourned

 With situation spinning out of control, speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal adjourned the House for 30 minutes.

As the House re-assembled, Jakhar raised serious objections to what Bikram had said about a sitting MLA.

Blame game

Coming in support of his brother-in-law Bikram Singh, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal lambasted the Congress for calling the Minister a criminal and murderer.

“Either you apologise or Rana will be suspended,” the Speaker told the opposition while putting the motion to vote. However, Rana did not budge after which he was suspended from the remaining sittings of the House scheduled till Friday.

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