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Punjab Budget session LIVE: Pandemonium in House as CM Bhagwant Mann, Opposition MLAs engage in heated arguments

Speaker allows discussion on Governor’s address on request from treasury benches

Punjab Budget session LIVE: Pandemonium in House as CM Bhagwant Mann, Opposition MLAs engage in heated arguments

Pandemonium prevails in Punjab Assembly as CM Bhagwant Mann along with AAP MLAs engaged in heated arguments with Opposition MLAs, on March 4, 2024. Photo: A video grab



Tribune News Service

Rajmeet Singh

Chandigarh, March 4

The Budget session of the Punjab Assembly resumed on Monday with pandemonium prevailing in the House as Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann along with AAP MLAs engaged in heated arguments with the opposition legislators.

Unruly scenes broke out in the Assembly after CM Mann handed over “a lock and key” to the Speaker, asking him to lock the Opposition inside the House so that they don’t walk out during a discussion.

Leader of Opposition and Congress MLA Partap Singh Bajwa along with other party MLAs strongly objected to Mann’s statement. Later, a heated argument took place between the AAP and Congress legislators in the House.

Mann, on the second day of the Budget session, slammed opposition MLAs for disruption of Governor’s address on the opening day of the session on March 1 and demanded a discussion in the House.

Earlier, Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan, in a deviation from the practice of beginning the day’s session with question hour, allowed discussion on Governor’s address on request from the treasury benches.

16:15 04 Mar
We opened 13 Schools of Eminence: CM

CM Mann says schools are becoming digital and students are shifting to governemnt schools from private.

16:11 04 Mar
Mann mocks Congress leader Navjot Sidhu, says he is a train running without driver
16:00 04 Mar
Today they are talking about farmers but did they join their agitation: CM Mann

Bhagwant Mann says today the Congress MLAs are talking about farmers, but did they join anywhere during their agitation.

Mann says Raja Warring was asked five times whether he wanted to speak, but he cannot. In fact, even the Opposition is divided into four-five groups, he added.

15:53 04 Mar
Today’s session will be historic as we wanted Oppn to stay and speak: CM Mann

CM Mann says today’s session will be historic as we wanted the Opposition to stay and speak.

“Opposition has no patience. They want to speak and go in routine. I used to stay in the Lok Sabha and stay put till the last, so that I could hear or speak,” he said.

15:12 04 Mar
Congress MLAs stage walkout

The Congress MLAs staged walkout from the Assembly.

They were in the well of the House shortly after the session started at 11 am.

14:20 04 Mar
AAP, Opposition MLAs come face to face

Amid heated arguments, the Aam Aadmi Party and Opposition MLAs come face to face in the well of the House.

13:20 04 Mar
Sloganeering by Congress legislators again after CM Mann returns to the House

Speaker Sandhwan asks the members to maintain decorum in response to Congress leaders trying to disrupt proceedings in the House.

13:06 04 Mar
Raja Warring refuses to speak in the House

Deputy Speaker asks Punjab Congress chief Raja Warring to speak in the House on his chance.

Warring says he will not speak after the way the House was being conducted.

13:03 04 Mar
Sloganeering by Congress in the well continues, as CM Mann leaves the House
13:00 04 Mar
BJP-ruled Centre hampering works in state: AAP MLA

AAP MLA Gurpreet Singh Banawali while highlighting achievements of the Punjab Governemnt, especially in the Aam Aadmi Clinics, said the BJP-ruled Centre was hampering works in the state on one pretext or the other.

 

12:09 04 Mar
Local Bodies minister moves privilege motion against Congress MLAs

Local Bodies minister Balkar Singh moves privilege motion against Congress MLAs for disrupting Governor’s address on March 1, and lowering dignity of the House.

The motion has been referred to the privileges committee.

12:06 04 Mar
Mann hints at action against Punjab Congress chief Warring

CM Mann hints at action against Punjab Congress chief and Gidderbaha MLA Raja Warring, as the latter raises slogans against the AAP government.

Mann refers to the investigations in to the bus body fabrication scam during the Congress government.

12:03 04 Mar
CM Mann mocks Bajwa

Bhagwant Mann says Partap Bajwa’s dream of being CM would never be fulfilled.

He suggests Bajwa to sit along with him to get feeling of being CM.

12:00 04 Mar
CM Mann targets Congress MLA Sukhpal Khaira

Congress MLAs raise slogans against the AAP government in the House.

CM Mann targets MLA Sukhpal Khaira, questioning his political loyalty.

11:57 04 Mar
Congress MLAs protest in House against CM's remarks

Without naming anyone, CM Mann again accuses family of one the MLA of being involved in gold biscuit smuggling.

Congress MLAs led by Partap Bajwa storm into well of the House protesting against CM Mann’s remarks.

11:55 04 Mar
Opposition MLAs insist that House should be locked from inside

Opposition MLAs led by Partap Bajwa insist that the House should be locked from inside, as CM starts to speak on Governor’s address.

CM accuses the opposition of disrupting Governor’s address and also disrupting his address.

11:53 04 Mar
Suggestion by CM to lock House from inside was symbolic: Speaker

CM Mann says even the people do not listen to them (Congress) and have voted them out of power.

Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan tries to intervene stating that suggestion by CM to lock the House from inside was symbolic.

11:51 04 Mar
CM Mann suggests privilege motion against Congress MLAs

As the House resumes, LoP Partap Bajwa stands to speak as CM Mann objects to the opposition Congress dictating the Speaker.

Mann suggests privilege motion against the Congress MLAs. 

11:46 04 Mar
Situation turns ugly even as the House is adjourned

Situation turns ugly as treasury MLAs come into well of the House and stop just short of turning physical with Congress MLAs after Partap Bajwa makes some remarks.

Party MLAs from both sides intervene to save the situation but argument continues even as the House is adjourned.

11:43 04 Mar
Even after adjournment, CM Mann accuses Bajwa and Raja Warring for asking tickets for their wives in the Parliamentary elections
11:41 04 Mar
CM Mann accuses Partap Bajwa of being publicity hungry

A remark by Bajwa that Bhagwant Mann as an artist used to charge money for acting provoked the CM, who accused Bajwa of trying hard to establish his son as an actor.

Total pandemonium prevails as Speaker adjourns the House for 15 minutes.

11:39 04 Mar
People will give befitting reply to Congress: CM Mann

CM Bhagwant Mann says people will give befitting reply to Congress in Parliamentary elections as had happened in 2022.

Mann says he is showing a big heart by inviting the Congress to listen and participate in the discussion on Governor’s debate.

11:35 04 Mar
Argument between CM Mann and Partap Bajwa turns personal as the former speaks of complicity of the CLP leader in smuggling case
11:34 04 Mar
Argument turns ugly between AAP, Congress MLAs

LoP Partap Singh Bajwa accuses CM Mann of making mockery of the House by suggesting to lock it.

The Congress tries to corner AAP on farmers’ issue as CM counters the charge.

Congress MLAs at Punjab Vidhan Shabha, in Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky

11:27 04 Mar
BJP leaders stage dharna near Vidhan Sabha

Earlier, Punjab BJP president Sunil jakhar along with party MLAs and other leaders stage dharna near Punjab Vidhan Sabha on being denied meeting with Speaker.

Jakhar said issues related to farmers’ agitation and death of Shubhkaran Singh were to be discussed but they were denied meeting despite being given time.

Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar along with party leaders during a protest near Vidhan Sabha, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky

11:25 04 Mar
Pandemonium prevailed in the House as CM Bhagwant Mann along with AAP MLAs engaged in heated arguments with opposition legislators

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