Punjab: Governor’s NO To Special Assembly Session Demanded By State Government

The ongoing political tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP in Punjab, has taken a new turn. Since the AAP alleged the BJP of trying to woo its MLAs for money, the questions over “operation lotus” have been raised in the political space. However, the BJP strongly denied the allegations. 

The Aam Aadmi Party accused the BJP of trying to break its 35 MLAs in order to topple the government of Punjab. However, as per the numbers, the AAP is in the most strong position with over 90 MLAs in the assembly of 117. 

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Meanwhile, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann demanded governor Banwarilal Purohit to call a special assembly session in Punjab. Citing the absence of specific rules on summoning the assembly for considering only a confidence motion, the Raj Bhavan declined the request for a special assembly session. 

However, Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal questioned the decision of the governor.  “Is democracy over in the country? How can the governor refuse a session called by the cabinet? Democracy is over. Just two days back the governor agreed! But now, when Operation Lotus has started failing and the numbers are not enough, a call came from “above” asking him to withdraw the permission,” said Delhi CM Kejriwal, indirectly hitting out at the BJP.

In today’s politics, there’s “operation lotus” on one side, and the “constitution” on the other. Though the opposition leaders, including the leader of the opposition – Partap Singh Bajwa, BJP leader Ashwini Sharma, approached the governor, stating that there’s no such provision to call an assembly session just to only move a “motion of confidence”  in the favour of the state government. 

Meanwhile, like Delhi, now in Punjab also, a war of words has started between the state government and the governor of the state. Moreover, with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accusing the governor of following an order from “above”, the ongoing political tussle seems to increase.

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