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Punjab Governor reminds Mann of his duties, says advisors not briefing him properly

Chandigarh: Amid ongoing war of words between Punjab Governor Banwarlilal Purohit and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Purohit on Saturday sought to ‘remind’ Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann of his duties and said his legal advisors were not adequately briefing him on the same.

The governor on Friday had asked the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary to give details of the legislative business to be taken up in the Assembly session on September 27.

Reacting to this, Mann had said in a tweet on Friday, “Governor/President consent before any session of Legislature is a formality. In 75 years, no President/Governor ever asked list of Legislative business before calling session. Legislative business is decided by BAC (Business Advisory Council) and speaker. Next Governor will ask for all speeches also to be approved by him. Its too much.”

Perhaps you are ‘too much’ angry with me – Purohit

According to a press release on Saturday, the Governor wrote to the Punjab CM saying: “After reading your statements in today’s newspapers, it appears to me that perhaps you are ‘too much’ angry with me. I think your legal advisors are not briefing you adequately. Perhaps your opinion about me will definitely change after reading the provisions of Article 167 and 168 of the Constitution, which I’m quoting for your ready reference.”

Art 167: Duties of the Chief Minister as respects the furnishing of information to the Governor etc- It shall be the duty of the Chief Minister of each State-

(a) To communicate to the Governor of the State all decisions of the council of Ministers relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation;

(b) To furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation as the Governor may call for; and

(c) If the Governor so requires, to submit for the consideration of the council of Ministers any matter on which a decision has been taken by a Minister but which has not been considered by the council.”

Quoting from Article 168, he said, “Constitution of the Legislatures in States-(1) For every State there shall be a legislature which shall consist of the Governor, and a) In states of……two houses; b) In other states, one house.”

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