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Punjab Governor’s decision ‘proves sinister design of Operation Lotus’: AAP’s Raghav Chadha

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha hit out at Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit for withdrawing an order calling for a special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and said that the action ‘proves the sinister design of Operation Lotus’.

The AAP MP said that this decision of the Governor raises a question mark on his intention.

“It is beyond any reasonable understanding as to why there should be any objection to a government’s decision to face the Assembly?”

This order further proves the sinister design of Operation Lotus, Chadha said.

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The Rajya Sabha MP further said that Parliamentary democracy in India will come to a standstill if Governors start exercising discretion in such matters.

“Governors are bound by the aid and advise of the Council of Ministers and have no discretion in these matter.

Parliamentary democracy in India will come to a standstill if Hon’ble Governors start exercising discretion in matters such as the convening of Vidhan Sabha sessions,” he said.

Parliamentary democracy and federalism will turn on its heads if Governors usurp the sanctity bestowed by the people upon the elected governments, and in turn exercise discretion in the matters prohibited by the Constitution, such as convening of sessions of Vidhan Sabha, the Rajya Sabha MP concluded.

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Governor withdrew order calling for special session of Vidhan Sabha

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday withdrew an order calling for a special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on September 22.

The Governor, in a fresh order, said that the September 20 order, regarding summoning the sixteenth Vidhan Sabha of Punjab, stands withdrawn in absence of specific rules regarding summoning of the assembly for considering the ‘confidence motion’ only called by the Punjab government.

A release from the office of Principal Secretary to the Governor read that the Governor, earlier in the day, received representations from Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Punjab BJP president and MLA Ashwani Sharma, stating that there is no legal provision to convene a Special Session to move ‘Confidence Motion’ only in favour of the State Government.

This matter was examined and a legal opinion was sought from Satya Pal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India. He has given his legal opinion that there is no specific provision regarding summoning of the Assembly for considering the ‘Confidence Motion’ only, in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, the official document read.

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