Punjab CM Mann calls meeting of MLAs after cancellation of special assembly session IG News

AAP Confidence Motion: Punjab CM to accept peace march after Governor cancels special assembly session file

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit has rejected the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to convene a special session of the Assembly to move the confidence motion. The Governor withdrew the order convening a special session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly on 22 September.

The decision has triggered a massive point-of-view among major political parties in the state including AAP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Taking a jibe at the governor’s decision, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said, “Not allowing the governor to run the assembly raises a big question on the democracy of the country… people or a person appointed by the central government…”

In view of the cancellation of the special session, CM Mann has called an emergency meeting of all the party MLAs in the assembly today. The saffron party, BJP has also announced that it will barricading the CM’s residence. The CM also called for a peace march from the assembly to the governor’s residence.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal reacted sharply to the decision, saying, “How can the governor refuse a session called by the cabinet? Then democracy is over. Two days ago the governor had given permission for the session. When Operation Lotus started failing and the number was not completed, a call came from above asking permission to be withdrawn.”

Opposition – Lashing out fiercely on Congress and BJP, AAP has termed this move of the governor as a murder of democracy. Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, Aman Arora, the state’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy, said, “Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa is dancing to the tune of BJP to protect his Z+ category security. He is not at all concerned to save democracy.”

He further narrated how Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot called a special session of the assembly for the trust vote when Congress leader Sachin Pilot and his supporters were angry with Gehlot’s administration. “In the last 52 years, 27 no-confidence motions and 12 times confidence motions have been initiated by different parties.”

Arora said the Congress leaders were acting as the BJP’s “B team”, a term he said was coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the country “Congress-free”.

AAP leader and party in-charge Raghav Chadha said, “The order to withdraw the honorable Governor’s name raises a serious question mark on his intention. This order further proves the sinister design of Operation Lotus.”

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