The Raj Bhavan cited absence of specific rules on summoning the assembly for considering only a confidence motion.
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AAP president and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the governor’s decision, saying that “democracy is over” in the country.
“How can the governor refuse a session called by the cabinet? The democracy is over. Two days ago the governor allowed the session. When Operation Lotus started failing and the numbers were not complete, a call came from above asking him to withdraw the permission,” Kejriwal said, alleging BJP‘s hand.
Kejriwal added that today, there’s constitution on one side and “Operation Lotus” on the other.
Earlier, leader of opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma had approached the governor, arguing that there was no legal provision to convene a special session of the assembly to just move a ‘confidence motion’ in favour of the state government.
The Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government in Punjab had sought the special session to bring a confidence motion in the assembly. It had announced that the session will be called on September 22 to bring the motion.
In its vociferous attack on BJP, the AAP accused the saffron party of trying to topple its government in the state.
The ruling party in Punjab claimed that at least 10 of its MLAs were approached by the BJP with an offer of Rs 25 crore to each of them in a bid to topple the six-month old government.
With 92 MLAs, the AAP has an overwhelming majority in the 117-member Punjab assembly, while Congress has 18, SAD three, BJP two, and BSP one. The assembly also has an an Independent member.
A few days ago, Punjab finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema had alleged that under the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’, some AAP legislators in the state had been approached by the people from the BJP.
Earlier, former Punjab assembly deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh had pointed out that according to the ‘Rules of procedure and conduct of business in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha’ only a no-confidence motion can be brought.
“There is no rule to bring a ‘confidence motion’,” he had said, asking CM Bhagwant Mann to cite under which rule such a motion would be brought.
(With inputs from PTI)