54 of the 117 MLAs allowed entry to attend Punjab Vidhan Sabha session


Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28

A complete of 54 MLAs of the 117 have been, together with Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Baljinder Kaur, allowed or cleared to take part within the Punjab Vidhan session on Friday.

Aman Arora and Jai Singh Rori have been additionally allowed to enter the Vidhan Sabha.

None of the Akali Dal MLA could possibly be seen in the home.

The others, together with Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema and others together with those sporting PPE kits, weren’t allowed entry.

AAP MLAs, who had are available in contact with their colleague who later examined optimistic for COVID-19, have been seen put on PPE kits to attend the Vidhan Sabha session on Friday.

A truncated, one-day session of the Punjab meeting started with obituary references to 23 departed souls, together with Gurdas Singh Badal, father of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, former Olympian Balbir Singh and troopers martyred in defending the nation’s borders.

AAP MLAs wait outdoors the gate of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to be allowed entry for attending the session. Tribune Photo

Others who have been paid the obituary references have been Hazoori Ragi Nirmal Singh Khalsa and former minister Hari Singh Zira.

After the Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema was denied entry into the session, he mentioned “jungle raaj” prevailed in Punjab.

He has additionally accused Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh of making an environment of concern within the identify of corona, somewhat than upgrading well being infrastructure.

Cheema mentioned: “Important issues concerning the state had to be discussed in the House. The high unemployment rate; the atrocities on the Dalits, the Hooch tragedy and political patronage to those responsible for the spurious liquor sale; and, now the post-matric scholarship scam. The government is running away from the debate by not allowing Opposition to participate in the session.”

All AAP MLAs later sat on a dharna outdoors the Vidhan Sabha.

Harpal Cheema and others stage a protest outdoors the Vidhan Sabha entrance for not being allowed entry. Tribune Photo

Vidhan Sabha Secretary Shashi Lakhanpal Misra wrote a letter to Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema on Thursday evening advising him and different AAP MLAs towards attending the Vidhan Sabha session scheduled for 11 am on Friday.

Only MLAs Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Baljinder Kaur weren’t current within the assembly of the social gathering attended by Manjit Bilaspur, who later examined optimistic for COVID-19. They are the one two social gathering MLAs who have been allowed to attend as we speak’s session as per the protocol of the state Health Department.

Cheema mentioned he was alarmed on the policemen deputed outdoors his residence.

Police outdoors the home of Harpal Cheema on Friday. Tribune Photo

He had introduced his choice to attend the meeting session as we speak regardless of the “advise” of Speaker Rana Ok P Singh asking him and lots of different AAP MLAs to not attend the session as they have been “high risk” contacts of MLA Manjit Singh Bilaspur, who examined COVID-19 optimistic on Tuesday.

After a “thorough questioning” by Chandigarh Police, Harpal Cheema was lastly allowed to maneuver out of his residence to attend the session together with the opposite MLAs.

After 30 MLAs — almost 25 per cent of the power of the Assembly — have examined optimistic for coronavirus to date.



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