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AAP turns heat on rivals 

Chandigarh: Badgered over the past few days over the drug taint on their leader, the Aam Aadmi Party and Lok Insaf Party today turned the tables on the treasury benches as well as the SAD-BJP alliance.Dictating the political discourse for the three-day session, Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira and LIP legislators Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains fired their first shot just hours before the Assembly session was to begin. With both the treasury benches and the Akali-BJP MLAs looking to gun for Khaira, the “judge gate” (a term coined by Khaira) suddenly put AAP on the offensive and others on the defensive.Little wonder that the first day of the three-day session passed off peacefully even as the Akali-BJP had threatened not to allow Khaira inside the House today.While the contents of the audio recording, alleging a deal between an advocate and the judge to dismiss a revision petition filed by Khaira, are yet to be verified, the move to release it is bound to help Khaira. One, it will deflect the attention from the drug case in Fazilka and second, if a contempt notice is issued, it will give a fillip to Khaira and the Bains brothers’ political stature for having exposed “corruption in judiciary”.On the other hand, by naming Capt Amarinder Singh, Rana Gurjit Singh and Akali leaders Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia behind the alleged conspiracy, Khaira has put both parties on the defensive. No wonder the spin doctors in both parties are busy re-strategising their moves even as Khaira said he would demand a CBI inquiry into the audio clip, the drug case against him and the Bhola drug case wherein Majithia was summoned by the enforcement directorate (ED). The deletion of afternoon session from the earlier released itinerary of the already short winter session is seen as a consequence of today’s move by AAP.

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