The Punjab Governor has sought details of the legislative business to be taken up in the Assembly session on September 27, drawing a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Friday.
This development comes days after the Governor cancelled a special session, approved by the cabinet, to pass a confidence motion due to “absence of specific rules”. In retaliation, the state government has decided to summon a session on September 27. The government also said it will approach the Supreme Court over the Raj Bhavan move.
Gov/Presi consent before any session of Legislature is a formality. In 75 years, no Presi/Gov ever asked list of Legislative business before calling session. Legislative business is decided by BAC and speaker. Next Gov will ask all speeches also to be approved by him.its too much— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) September 23, 2022
"Governor or President consent before any session of Legislature is a formality. In 75 years, no President or Governor ever asked list of Legislative business before calling session. Legislative business is decided by BAC and speaker," CM Mann said.
"Next Governor will ask all speeches also to be approved by him. It's too much," he added.
However, Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit's office in a letter to the secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, sought details of the legislative business to be taken up in the proposed session on September 27.
"Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives" - Legislative Business ,— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 23, 2022
"Whether the discussion is on inflation or Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives - only the Speaker and the Business Advisory Committee have the right to decide the Legislative Business of the Legislative Assembly and not the Governor," said AAP MP Raghav Chaddha.
"Governor Sahib is bringing down the dignity of his prestigious post every day," he added.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mann had said issues like stubble burning and electricity supply will be discussed in the September 27 session, likely to last a day.