MLAs ‘manhandled’ by cops, Congress hands in privilege notice

Channi alleged that the MLAs were prevented from entering the assembly.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: March 9, 2016 4:32 am
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The Congress has submitted a notice of breach of privilege against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal after its MLAs were allegedly shoved around and manhandled by Punjab Police personnel deployed for security of the Vidhan Sabha.

The opposition MLAs, led by the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Charanjit Singh Channi, took out a march on the SYL issue from the high court chowk to the Vidhan Sabha gate where they were stopped from proceeding further by the police as they were carrying placards.

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Channi and another MLA, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, vaulted atop the gate, unbolted it and along with other MLAs proceeded towards the members entry gate of the Vidhan Sabha where they were again stopped and a fracas broke out with the security personnel on duty.

Channi alleged that the MLAs were prevented from entering the assembly, which is a breach of privilege of the elected representatives and that this was done at the behest of the Home Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Channi said that it was a “black day for democracy” and that it happened for the first time in the history of Punjab. “The legislatures had to fight for their right, they jumped the barricading and opened the locked gates from inside to make their entry into the assembly. Even the women MLAs had a hard time crossing the police barricading. The police force also manhandled one of the woman MLAs,” he said.
Channi also raised the issue in the House before the Governor began his address. The opposition members then trooped to the well of the House and raised slogans against the government, before walking out.

Earlier, police and Vidhan Sabha security staff had to form a physical cordon in order to ensure that the Governor arrived without any hindrance as the Congress MLAs had gathered at the entry to the House and were raising slogans.

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