Congress legislator Ajaib Singh Bhatti on Friday was elected as deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh proposed Bhatti’s name which was seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra. While Bhatti’s election was on SAD MLAs stormed into the Well of the House seeking debate on loan waiver. They raised slogans against the government and staged demonstration. Amarinder congratulated Bhatti, an MLA from Malaut, for his elevation as the deputy speaker.
He said that Bhatti’s long administrative and political experience would further enhance the glory of the august chair. He said that politics was in Bhatti’s blood, as he inherited it from his father late Arjan Singh, who contested Assembly election from the erstwhile combined constituency Nihal Singh Wala in 1957. Amarinder said he was confident that Bhatti would add to the prestige of the office of deputy speaker. Bhatti, a third time MLA, had won the last three polls in a row, twice from Bhucho seat in 2007 and 2012, and Malout in 2017.
The chief minister mentioned that Bhatti’s career was quite diversified, as he started his professional journey as a teacher in rural areas of Bathinda besides working as a Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) for nearly a year. He joined Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) in 1984 and served in various magisterial and civilian assignments in different parts of the state. Bhatti resigned as Additional Secretary Education in 2007 to contest as Assembly polls from Bhucho.
On the occasion, cabinet ministers Braham Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu escorted Bhatti and installed him in the deputy speaker’s chair, next to the seat of Leader of the Opposition H S Phoolka (AAP).