Cong boycotts House over CM’s remarks

Both houses of Punjab (India) approve the bill in support of the Sikhs in France. This is amazing, thanks to all those who have stood for their rights.

Cong boycotts House over CM’s remarks
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A popular Punjabi analogy aimed at Congress legislator Sukhpal Khaira by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal over the resolution introduced on the turban ban issue in the Vidhan Sabha today saw the Congress announcing a boycott of the assembly for the entire period of the current session till March 9.
What started off as a laugh for the treasury benches when the Chief Minister talked about the traits of a particular bird, which, he said, was found in his Malwa region and could possibly exist in Kapurthala, also from where Khaira is a member, saw Congress members walking out of the House. Failing to get an apology from the Chief Minister, they announced a boycott of the session.
The trouble started when the Chief Minister got up to introduce a resolution, which called for urging the Centre to take up the issue of ban on turbans in schools of the French government. Khaira got up to speak and started narrating the past history of the case to “expose” the fact that the CM had earlier publically said there was no need for a special resolution. Khaira also pointed to the two letters he wrote to the CM following which he was interrupted by minister Master Mohal Lal of the BJP, who demanded that Khaira should limit himself to speaking on merits of the resolution only.
Badal started narrating the analogy of a particular bird while speaking about the actions of Khaira. The Congress legislator objected and demanded that Badal take back the word. The treasury benches also joined issue even as Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon directed that the name of the bird be expunged from the record. Even as the opposition and the treasury benches exchanged words with SAD legislator Bikram Singh Majithia being the most vociferous, the Congress members staged a walkout.
Even though the resolution was adopted in their absence, the Congress members, led by Avtar Singh Brar, after coming back into the House, demanded that the Chief Minister assure them that taunts and jeers faced by them as well as “muscle power” shown would not be repeated. The Speaker assured them that he would ensure this did not happen again even as he told them to take the issue in a sportsman spirit.
Khaira objected to this saying “abuses do not constitute sportsman spirit” and said the CM must apologise. The Speaker, however, asked everyone to move on following which Brar got up to say the Congress was boycotting the House for the entire session.
Later the House also passed a resolution urging that the Centre fix prices for foodgrains on the basis of the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee, provide diesel for agricultural purposes at 25 per cent less than the market rate and loans to agriculturists at 4 per cent interest.

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