Shiromani Akali Dal wants to avoid any confrontation with opposition Congress in the last session of 14th Vidhan Sabha which commenced with obituary references on Thursday.
“This is going to be the last session of current Vidhan Sabha. It has been decided to make every effort that the session does not end on bitter note. “We know there will be provocation from Opposition but the legislators of SAD and BJP have been advised to observe maximum restraint possible and avoid any confrontation,” an Akali leader told after attending meeting of SAD and BJP legislators after the first day of session on Thursday.
Last many sessions of Vidhan Sabha have remained stormy ones with hot exchange of jibes between the ruling and opposition leaders.
SAD and BJP legislators showed the first signs of restraint on Thursday when they did not intervene after Leader of Opposition Charanjit Singh Channi stood up and questioned the selection of few of the names for obituary references. Channi, while asserting that there were others who deserved more to be included for obituary references, questioned the rationale to include names of Kamla Advani, the wife of veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Akali leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, however, justified the names selected for obituary references.
As many as 15 names of prominent personalities, including Sarwan Singh, Ram Lal (both former MLAs) Kamla Advani, a social activist and wife of L K Advani, Akali leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia, eminent jurist and legal luminary Jai Singh Sekhon, freedom fighters Master Karta Ram, Gurcharan Singh, Gurdial Singh, Babu Singh, Sant Singh Patanga, Rattan Singh, Amar Singh and another freedom fighter by the name of Rattan Singh, Namdhari sect matriarch Chand Kaur and ex-chief editor of a Punjabi vernacular Bharpur Singh Balbir were read out by the Speaker .
Two minutes silence was also observed in memory of the departed souls.
The House was adjourned for the day after paying tributes to those who died in the period between the last sitting and the ongoing session.
Meanwhile, the legislative business scheduled for September 13 in the ongoing session is likely to be pre-poned to September 12, as earlier declared holiday on Eid is likely to be posponed from September 12 to September 13, making September 12 a working day.