Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30

In the state assembly today, for the second consecutive day, the clash continued over the demand for the dismissal and arrest of Minister Fauja Singh Sari for his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Punjab State Vigilance Committee (Repeal) Bill.

The Vigilance Commission did not serve any useful purpose other than being a burden on the public exchequer. There are multiple agencies to deal with the stakeholders including the Vigilance Department. The amendment will help avoid overlaps, contradictory findings, resulting delays and gaps in communication, as it has become necessary to repeal the Punjab State Vigilance Act-2020

The Punjab Rural Common Lands Amendment (Regulation) Bill 2022

This amendment will bring clarity that land reserved for common purposes during consolidation titled “jumla mustarka malkan” is also “shamlat deh” as defined in Section 2(g) of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act -1961

Punjab Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act.

With this amendment, the Government aims to close all the loopholes and stop false charges, which will not only benefit the merchants, but will also increase the state’s income. Tax evaders will also be dealt with severely. Further, to facilitate doing business, the time period for availing input tax credit has been extended till November 30

The internal probe is already on: Arora

CM Bhagwant Mann has already issued a statement that an internal investigation is underway into the matter related to Minister Fauja Singh Sari. A decision on this matter will be made only after the investigation is completed. The opposition is still troubling the House. – Aman Arora, Minister of New and Renewable Energy

The Sarari row dominated the day from the start when Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa raised the issue and sought an assurance to the House from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Bajwa said that Mann has not made any statement in the House on the issue, so he has to come out with one.

The issue kept coming back to haunt the ruling AAP time and again. The situation turned bitter when the Prime Minister entered the House and the opposition started demanding from him an assurance of action against Sarari. However, Speaker Kulthar Sandwan gave the go-ahead for tabling the three bills in the House. The Congress MPs then started raising slogans and entered the well of the House.

The Speaker tried to persuade them to return and take their seats but in vain as the opposition MPs continued to raise slogans against him as well as the AAP government.

Three Bills including the Punjab Village Amendment (Regulations) Bill, 2022, the Punjab State Vigilance Commission (Abolition) Bill, 2022 and

The Punjab Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2022 was passed without any discussion.

The speaker even asked the opposition MPs to initiate a debate on the draft laws, but they refused to budge. As there was no discussion on the bills, the session ended almost three hours before the scheduled time.

Side lights

“Man of the Match”

LoP Partap Bajwa pointed out how opposition leaders are never shown speaking during the live telecast of the proceedings of the House. AAP MLA from Nabha Dev Mann got up from his seat and said, “Tuhadi koi shakal hi nahi dekhna chahunda (No one wants to see your face).” It led to an uproar and the Speaker warned the MLA of taking stern notice of his derogatory remark against the LoP.

The “miserable” minister

During the call for attention movement, the AAP MLA wanted to inform Minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal about a matter of public interest. But he was busy having a “conversation” with a fellow minister and was left speechless when the Speaker asked him to respond. Dhaliwal then asked the Speaker to repeat what he had said. He was finally saved by MP Matt Hyer, who quickly turned the pages and handed him the answer.

Dhaliwal is pink sartorial sense

Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal came to the House in an all-pink outfit on Friday. LoP Partap Bajwa emphasized on the demand of the exact date of the girdavaris for the loss of the crop from him. When Dhaliwal tried to beat around the bush, Bajwa attacked him, saying that the color of the pest (pink bulbur) matched his turban.

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