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Opposition unity in House: Akalis walk out in support of AAP MLAs

Chandigarh, June 22: All Aam Aadmi Party and ally Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs were thrown out of the Punjab House for creating ruckus and rushing to Speaker Rana KP Singh’s podium on Thursday morning. The MLAs were protesting the stopping of AAP chief whip Sukhpal Khaira and LIP leader Simerjeet Singh Bains at the Assembly gate. Khaira and Bains have been placed under suspension for the Budget session that ends on Friday.

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The Speaker suspended the AAP and LIP MLAs, led by the leader of the opposition HS Phoolka, for the day after they disrupted assembly proceedings by raising slogans and rushing to the well of the Punjab House. He ordered their being taken out of the House when they jostled with marshals.

Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs protested the Speaker’s action against the AAP MLAs, alleging misbehaviour by the watch and ward. They walked out only to return with the suspended AAP MLAs. The AAP MLAs took their seats. Shortly before the session was to resume, the Speaker asked the marshals to forcibly evict the AAP MLAs from the Assembly premises. Turbans came off in the jostling.

The Akalis protested, alleging that the Assembly staff misbehaved with the AAP leaders. Akali MLA Bikram Singh Majithia was seen carrying a yellow turban belonging to an AAP MLA that fell in the melee.

When the SAD MLAs kept protesting and threw paper missiles at the Speaker’s chair, they were named (suspended) for the day. The Speaker asked the marshals to evict them from the premises. At this, the Akalis walked out of the assembly.

The Speaker adjourned the House for the second time since morning.

News Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com

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