Punjab Assembly adjourned over law and order issue
The Punjab Assembly was today adjourned thrice amid uproar caused by the opposition Congress which protested against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal making an "explanation" in the House before it took up the debate on the law and order situation in the state.
As the question hour ended, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal allowed Mr Badal to read out the 'explanation' on the allegations made by Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar that he had distributed large amount of money in his assembly constituency Lambi.
However, Mr Jakhar strongly protested against the move, saying nothing else should be taken up before the all important debate on the law and order situation in the state.
When the Speaker insisted that Mr Badal be allowed to make the 'explanation', the Congress MLAs rose up and started slogan shouting against the government.
The Speaker said a debate on the law and order situation was scheduled after the legislative business today and appealed to the Congress MLAs to allow Mr Badal to make the 'explanation'.
However, the opposition did not relent and the slogan shouting MLAs led by Mr Jakhar trooped into the well of the House. The logjam continued for about 40 minutes.
The Speaker, meanwhile, conducted the legislative business and the House passed five bills amid the din without any discussion.
Mr Atwal finally adjourned the House at 1142 hours till 1200 hours.
When the House reassembled at 1200 hours, the Congress MLAs continued the slogan shouting on the issue and the Speaker adjourned the House again till 1300 hours.
When the House assembled again, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Mohan Mittal moved a censure motion against the opposition for stalling the proceedings of the House and making 'uncharitable comments' against the Speaker. However, Mr Jakhar insisted on taking up the debate on the law and order situation immediately and the Speaker adjourned the House till tomorrow.