In the escalating tensions between Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit and Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann, the former has asked the latter for clarification on legislative matters to be addressed at the September 27 special meeting, prompting a strong response from the state government. calls.
A statement issued in the evening by the Raj Bhavan stated: “In the letter of the Secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha of September 27, in which he requested the approval of the Honorable Governor for the convocation of the Vidhan Sabha on September 27, a letter from the office of the governor of Punjab is addressed to the secretary of the Vidhan sabha requesting details on the legislative matters to be discussed in the proposed assembly.”
Hours later, the prime minister reacted sharply to the requested clarification.
Government/Presi consent before a legislature session is a formality. In 75 years, no presi/government has ever requested a list of legislative matters before convening the session. Legislative matters are decided by BAC and speaker. Then the government will ask that all speeches be approved by him as well. It is too much
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) September 23, 2022
The Rajya Sabha legislator of the ruling Aam Aadmi party, Raghav Chadha, also tweeted, saying that “legislative matters are the exclusive domain of the business advisory committee and the chairman, not the governor”.
Whether it’s inflation or the ‘Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ – legislative matters are the exclusive domain of the Business Advisory Committee & Speaker, not the Governor.
The governor of Punjab is deeply undermining people’s confidence in his office, communication for communication. pic.twitter.com/YIdtPl6bTH
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 23, 2022
The war of words started after Purohit withdrew its agreement to the special assembly asked by the Punjab CM to get a vote of confidence on what she claimed is “Operation Lotus” by the BJP to destabilize the government. A letter from the governor’s office said the permission was being withdrawn after legal advice was sought after a representation of opposition parties.
The letter stated that opposition leader Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, and BJP state president and MLA Ashwani Sharma had approached the Raj Bhavan, arguing that the house rules did not allow convening a special session “just to have a vote of confidence in the benefit of the state government”.
Shortly after the withdrawal of the consent, AAP lawmakers had marched to the governor’s office in protest but were stopped by police. The Punjab cabinet also met and called for a two-day session from September 27, although this time, apart from “Operation Lotus”, it included the power situation and stubble burning in the list of business transactions.
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