Punjab govt to challenge Guv's decision of cancelling special Assembly session in SC

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the state government will approach the Supreme Court against the arbitrary and anti-democratic decision of the Governor to cancel the special session of the Legislative Assembly. 

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the state government has now decided to convene a session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly on September 27. (Photo: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann had called a special Assembly session for a floor test.
  • Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit cancelled the special session
  • Mann said they will take the matter to the Supreme Court.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the the state government will approach the Supreme Court against the arbitrary and anti-democratic decision of the Governor to cancel the special session of the Legislative Assembly.

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit cancelled the special session called by Mann to get a majority on the floor of the House.

In a statement issued here, Mann said the state government has now decided to convene a session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly on September 27 to discuss various issues related to the state.

Calling out the Governor for his 'irrational decision', Mann said the decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court to protect the democratic rights of the people and the federal rights of the states.

Hitting out at Punjab Congress for supporting BJP's 'Operation Lotus', the Chief Minister said that it is very unfortunate that Congress, the biggest victim of this undemocratic work, has stood in favor of the saffron party in this matter.

Mann added that Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP have partnered for this evil act aimed at breaking the democratically elected government in Punjab. "The Congress and the BJP have pushed regional parties to the margins and want power to remain vested only in their hands."

Stating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was born out of anti-corruption campaign, Mann said the party under the leadership of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is touching new heights with each passing day. "I will oppose every undemocratic move and not succumb to pressure...Punjab will give a message to the people of the country that in a democracy, no individual is special but only people are at the top," said the Punjab CM.

Punjab's Finance Minister Harpal Cheema said they will knock the doors of the apex court to oppose the decision of the Governor on not allowing the special session of the Legislative Assembly called by CM Mann. "It is unfortunate that Congress, the biggest victim of "Operation Lotus" is supporting the BJP in this issue."

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