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Understanding between Cong, Akalis to bar us from raising

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The (AAP) today accused the MLAs of having a "tacit understanding" with the Akali-members in the Assembly, not to allow it to raise the issues of sand mafia, farmer suicides etc. In the ongoing Budget Session of the House.

With their most vocal speakers -- Sukhpal Khaira and ally Lok Insaaf Party's Simarjit Singh Bains -- being suspended for the rest of the session by the Speaker, asserted that it would frame a strategy to counter both the ruling and the Akali-members, saying its first-time MLAs would "effectively raise" their voice in the House.


"There is a tacit understanding between the and the Akali-MLAs in the House. They do not want us to raise the burning issues such as the sand mafia and rising number of farmer suicides in the state," Leader of Opposition in the Assembly H S Phoolka told PTI.

"The knows that if we are allowed to raise these issues, they will be embarrassed," he added.

had demanded an adjournment motion on the sand-mining auction, accusing state minister Rana Gurjit Singh of "indulging in impropriety" in the contracts. It was denied by Speaker Rana Kanwarpal Singh on the second day of the session.

The Speaker had then suspended the MLAs for the day and Bains for the rest of the session for throwing a bundle of papers at the Chair.

The SAD-members had disrupted the proceedings of the House on the second and third day by storming into the Well, demanding a debate on farm loan waiver.

"It has never happened in the Assembly that the Question Hour proceedings were disrupted by the members. The SAD-members were simply wasting the time of the House in order to prevent us from speaking up," said MLA Aman Arora.

Claiming that the had gone "defensive" on the issues of farmer suicide and sand mining, he said, "Thus, the Akalis disrupting the proceedings of the House suits the members of the ruling party."

Firebrand leader Khaira, who wanted to raise the issue of sand mining, was suspended on the third day for the rest of the session, after he made a live video of the unruly scenes in the House and uploaded it on his Facebook page.

He had subsequently accused the Speaker of being a "puppet in the hands of the Congress".

"We will frame a strategy as regards how to raise our voice effectively in the House. Our first-time MLAs will lead the charge and take on the ruling party members," said Phoolka, when asked how the main opposition party would raise the issues in the absence of Khaira and Bains.

Meanwhile, Arora today wrote to Chief Minister demanding that the names of the SAD-leaders, who got the sand mining contracts, be made public.

"Your failure to do so will be enough to prove to the people of the state that the and the SAD-have a tacit understanding between them when it comes to serving their own interests at the cost of the state, and your is undermining the democratic rights of the people which envisage a complete transparency from the elected government," he wrote to the chief minister.

On the third day of the session on June 16, the SAD-MLAs who were disrupting the House proceedings by storming into the Well and raising anti-slogans, had gone back to their seats after Singh had "warned" of revealing the names of those who had got the sand mining contracts.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 17:02 IST
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