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Punjab assembly session ends, acrimony continues

Posted on Dec 22, 11:43AM | UNI

The five-day winter session of the the Punjab assembly ended today even as the SAD-BJP government failed to soothe the tempers of the opposition Congress which boycotted the proceedings of the House in protest against the "biased" decision of the Speaker to suspend a party MLA.

The assembly was adjourned thrice today on the request of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to bring to the table the irate Congress MLAs but all the government efforts went in vain.

The Congress had announced the boycott of the proceedings after the Speaker had suspended Rana Gurjit Singh on Wednesday for the remaining part of the session for allegedly hurling abuses at Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia during a debate on law and order situation in the state.

However, the Congress maintained that it was Mr Majithia who had actually hurled abuses against Rana Gurjit Singh and the former should tender an apology on the floor of the House. They also arranged a public screening of CDs yesterday wherein Mr Majithia was allegedly using the abusive language.

Mr Badal made the fresh peace initiative after the Question Hour today as the Congress had boycotted the entire proceedings yesterday and had refused to have any negotiations with the "biased" Speaker yesterday.

On Mr Badal's request today, the Speaker adjourned the House for half an hour at around 1030 hrs to have talks with the opposition.