PUNJAB VIDHAN Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal Friday admitted a no-confidence motion against SAD-BJP government moved by Congress Legislature Party chief Charanjit Singh Channi.
Admitting the motion, Atwal said the announcement of discussion on the no-confidence motion would be made later.
Subsequent to the development, the Shiromani Akali Dal issued a whip to its legislators to remain present full time on September 12 and 14, remaining working days of current session.
The whip issued by SAD spokesperson and chief whip Daljit Singh Cheema noted that presence of legislators throughout the session, on September 12 and 14, was required as “many important bills have to be passed by Vidhan Sabha and discussion and voting is to be held on no-confidence motion moved by opposition”.
During the session on Friday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said it was good that a no-confidence motion had been admitted. “Dudh da dudh te paani da paani ho javega (Truth will prevail),” Badal said on the floor of house.
Channi moved the no-confidence motion that read that current council of ministers “failed to protect the interests of the state in the matter of SYL Canal”.
Among other things raised in the no confidence motion are that the government “failed to protect the interests of farmers – khet-mazdoors and improve condition of debt-ridden farmers of the state, resultantly incidents of farmers’ suicides are on the increase and failed to control the deteriorating law and order situation increasing atrocities on dalits with the result that social disorder has taken place in the state”.
It also said that government “failed to check the emergence of different mafia groups such as sand and gravel mafia, drug mafia, transport mafia, real estate mafia and cable network mafia etc and failed to check the rampant corruption in the administration at all levels”.
The no-confidence motion also talks about “consistently deteriorating financial health of the state”. It also says that government “failed to apprehend the culprits” responsible for Guru Granth Sahib desecration in Bargari” and “failed to give justice to two men killed in Behbal Kalan police firing”.
The motion also says that “a number of MLAs of ruling SAD-BJP, namely Pargat Singh, Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Navjot Kaur Sidhu etc. have openly rebelled government in the public and press.”