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Punjab Governor Cancels Special Session To Move ‘Confidence Motion’ By AAP In Punjab Assembly

He said that ''the orders have been withdrawn in the absence of “specific rules” in regard to the summoning of the assembly for the same.''

Banwarilal Purohit
Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit (File Photo; Image : ANI)

Chandigarh: The ruling Aam Aadmi Party AAP had called for a special session of assembly for presenting the ‘confidence motion’ in favour of the government on September 22 in Punjab assembly. However, today the Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit withdrew the order.

In the order, Governor Purohit has stated that ”September 20 order stands cancelled”. He said that ”the orders have been withdrawn in the absence of “specific rules” in regard to the summoning of the assembly for the same.”

Earlier, representations were made by the Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and the president of Punjab BJP and Pathankot legislator Ashwani Sharma. Through that representation, the legislators said that there is no provision to call for a special session to move the confidence motion in favour of the government.

The matter has been scrutinized and a legal opinion was sought from the Additional Solicitor General of India, Satya Pal Jain. A press release from the office of principal secretary to the Governor stated that as per the legal opinion given by Mr Jain there is no specific provision legally speaking regarding summoning of the assembly for considering the confidence motion.

Sometime last week, AAP had accused the BJP of trying to buy its MLAs to bring down the AAP government through “Operation Lotus”.

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Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema had said that several of their leaders had been approached over the phone and offered Rs 25 crores each to quit the party. One of them Sheetal Angural, the Jalandhar-West MLA was even threatened.

CM Bhagwant Mann had said that the saffron party will not succeed in bringing down the AAP government in Punjab. BJP had demanded a probe by a retired Punjab & Haryana High Court judge into the allegations.