Chandigarh, Feb 12 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday accused legislators of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Lok Insaaf Party of misbehaving during the Governor’s address on the opening day of the Budget Session.
As the Governor read out his address, the SAD and LIP staged vociferous walkout on separate issues.
“The opposition walkout was a clear case of ‘badtameezi’ (misbehaviour) with the head of the state”, the chief minister told reporters outside the House after the Governor’s address.
Earlier, when Governor V P Singh Badnore commenced his address, Akali MLAs led by Parminder Singh Dhindsa stood up and spoke against the government over issues such as farmers’ suicides and “non-fulfilment” of poll promises. Later, they staged a walkout.
Lok Insaaf party MLAs Simarjeet Singh Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh Bains protested the Governor’s speech in English and then walked out of the House.
“The problem with the opposition was that it had no issues to raise in the House and were thus trying to divert public attention by making noise on non-issues,” Amarinder Singh told newsmen.
The opposition needed to function in line with the democratic principles on which the parliamentary institution was founded if the Constitution of the country was to be upheld, the chief minister said.
He urged the Akalis and other opposition parties to play a constructive role in the interests of the people of the state.
Responding to a question, the CM said the SIT set up on the recommendation of the House was probing the Behbal Kalan police firing case and any action by his government would depend on the conclusion of its investigations.
The SIT last month arrested former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma, who led a police team which opened fire at protestors at Behbal Kalan, Faridkot in 2015 during the SAD-BJP government’s term.
Whoever is found guilty of the crime against innocent people would be punished as per the law, he said, adding that nobody would be spared, irrespective of their status or political affiliations.
On the Ludhiana gang-rape case, Amarinder said the police were investigating the matter and some suspects had been detained. The case will be cracked soon, he said.
A 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped on Monday by 10 men near Issewal village on the banks of Sidwan canal, about 15 km from here, after the car she was travelling in with her friend was stopped and she was dragged out.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.