Appointed governor is bullying the elected government by obstructing people from taking pro-people decisions.
The Punjab Government-Chief Minister will approach the Supreme Court against the discretion of the Governor regarding the legislative bills
The state government will not present any bill until justice is received from the Supreme Court
Adjournment of Assembly till further orders
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann today said that the state government will approach the Supreme Court to get the legislative bills passed by the governor of the state, who is stubborn.
Taking part in the debate in the Punjab Legislative Assembly today, the Chief Minister said that it is very unfortunate that the appointed Governor is resorting to bullying to prevent the democratically elected government from taking pro-people decisions. He said that the discretion of the Governor will not stand from the legal point of view and it will be rejected from the beginning by the Supreme Court.
Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the governor is taking Punjabis lightly and he will be taught a proper lesson for this stubborn attitude.
The Chief Minister said that until this matter is resolved by the Supreme Court, the state government will not introduce any bill in the Legislative Assembly. He clearly asked the Governor to stop threatening Punjabis with his bigoted attitude. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that it is very strange that the people of the state have elected him but the appointed governors are creating obstacles in the public welfare work of the state government.
The Chief Minister said that the governor is not allowing the state government to work in the interest of the people. He said that it is a matter of great sadness that the state government does not have the right to hold a debate for the purpose of public welfare and pro-people bills are stalled due to which the development of the state is being adversely affected. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this dictatorial attitude of the Governor will not be tolerated and now justice will be demanded from the Supreme Court.
The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government has proposed to introduce three financial bills to increase the revenue of the state to boost development. However, he said that instead of assent to these bills, the Governor of Punjab stabbed the Punjabis in the back by stopping the bills. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that it is very sad that the governor is questioning the legal validity of the session while the state government is not being allowed to take any decision for the welfare of the people.
The Chief Minister said that the Governor is questioning the rationale behind the power subsidy to the people and other welfare initiatives. He said that the state government has inherited debt from the previous governments as only two persons ruled the state from 1997 to 2022. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the state government will waive the debt, but like its counterparts in Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the Governor of Punjab should not obstruct the functioning of the state government.
The Chief Minister said that due to the wrong doings of the people in power, the debt increases and the Governor had adopted a hostile attitude even during the budget session due to which people had to spend 25 lakhs of tax to seek relief from the Supreme Court. He said that if the Governor had not paid this amount, this amount could have been saved, which could have prevented the loss to the government exchequer. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that if the state government does something wrong, the people of the state will punish it during the elections, so the governor should not interfere unnecessarily in the working of the state government.
The Chief Minister also presented a letter written by the then Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mahindra on November 23, 2019 to convene the ninth session of the 15th Legislative Assembly in this manner. He said that this is not the first time that such a session has been called but the governor is creating obstacles in it. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this will not be tolerated and we will struggle to get the due rights of the state and its people.
The Chief Minister also congratulated the athletes who were part of the Asian Games contingent for bringing medals to the state. He said that the Punjab government has taken great efforts to promote sports in the state. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this is the result of Punjabis winning 19 medals in the recently concluded Asian Games, which is the highest number of medals by the state in the Asian Games so far.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab owes 170 crores of petrol-diesel cess to the central government. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that he had raised this issue with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday and demanded Rs 250 crore from him. He said that the Union Minister has agreed to advance Rs 80 crore to the state, which will be spent judiciously for the welfare and development of the state.
The Chief Minister also announced that ‘Sky Transport’ service would be started in the holy city for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists visiting Amritsar. He said that cable cars with a capacity of 30 passengers each will be started to connect important places of the city. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this transport service will also connect the Wagah border.
The Chief Minister said that in the month of December Guru Gobind Singh’s mother and Sahibzadeh were martyred, so this is a month of mourning for the entire humanity. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the state government will not hold any happy and celebratory event from December 20 to December 30. He said that this will be a humble tribute of the state government to the Lasani sacrifice given by Dasmesh Pita’s family.