Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit has turned down the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s demand for a special session of the assembly to introduce a confidence motion. The Governor has withdrawn the order to summon a special session of the Punjab assembly on September 22.
Reacting sharply to the Punjab Governor’s decision, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “How can the governor refuse a session called by the cabinet? Then democracy is over. Two days ago, the Governor gave permission for the session. When Operation Lotus started failing and the number was not completed, a call came from above asking to withdraw the permission.”
राज्यपाल कैबिनेट द्वारा बुलाए सत्र को कैसे मना कर सकते हैं? फिर तो जनतंत्र खतम है
दो दिन पहले राज्यपाल ने सत्र की इजाज़त दी। जब ऑपरेशन लोटस फ़ेल होता लगा और संख्या पूरी नहीं हुई तो ऊपर से फ़ोन आया कि इजाज़त वापिस ले लो
आज देश में एक तरफ़ संविधान है और दूसरी तरफ़ ऑपरेशन लोटस। pic.twitter.com/BHwuyUG23X
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 21, 2022
Criticising the Governor’s move, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann tweeted: “Not allowing the assembly to run by the governor raises big questions on the democracy of the country … now democracy will be run by the elected representatives of crores of people or a person appointed by the central government…”
राज्यपाल द्वारा विधानसभा ना चलने देना देश के लोकतंत्र पर बड़े सवाल पैदा करता है… अब लोकतंत्र को करोड़ों लोगों द्वारा चुने हुए जनप्रतिनिधि चलाएंगे या केंद्र सरकार द्वारा नियुक्त किया हुआ एक व्यक्ति… एक तरफ भीमराव जी का संविधान और दूसरी तरफ ऑपरेशन लोटस…जनता सब देख रही है… https://t.co/XWWqs2FYzj
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) September 21, 2022
In a fresh order issued today, Mr Purohit said the earlier order stands withdrawn in the absence of specific rules regarding summoning of the assembly for considering the confidence motion that was called by the Punjab government.
Commenting on the Governor’s decision, Raghav Chadha, AAP leader and party in-charge for the Punjab assembly elections earlier this year, tweeted: “Hon’ble Governor’s withdrawal order raises a serious question mark on his intent. 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,” he added.
Hon’ble Governor’s withdrawal order raises a serious question mark on his intent.
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. pic.twitter.com/RU9RZjLzRE
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 21, 2022
AAP leaders have been complaining of poaching attempts by the BJP to topple the government in Punjab, as part of what AAP and other Opposition parties claim to be BJP’s “Operation Lotus”. The AAP leadership wanted to prove that their house was intact, through a confidence motion in the assembly.