All 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators were suspended for the day, and their ally Simarjeet Singh Bains of the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) for the remainder of the budget session till June 23, after they created a ruckus in the Punjab assembly over the alleged scam in auction of sand mines by the Congress regime, on Thursday afternoon.
Shortly before 1pm, speaker Rana KP Singh adjourned the House for the third and final time for the day, after ordering suspension of the MLAs for throwing papers at him and heckling the marshals who stopped them from climbing his dais. Such was the pandemonium that marshals climbed the elevated platform of the speaker to save him from the flying bundles of papers. On one occasion, he had to duck to avoid getting hit by a bundle.
He received a specific complaint against Bains from Congress MLA Kulbir Singh Zira that he tore Vidhan Sabha papers kept on his desk on Wednesday. “This can lead to a privilege motion against Bains,” said an assembly official.
The ruckus started soon after the House reassembled at 12.30pm, and the speaker rejected an adjournment motion moved by AAP’s Sukhpal Singh Khaira on the sand-mine auction held in May. In that auction, some “former” employees of power minister Rana Gurjit Singh got contracts. Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a judicial inquiry but has refused to sack Rana.
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