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Divided AAP unites on censure against Simarjit 

Chandigarh, August 28

The divided house of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab united in the Well of the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday over a censure motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra against the use of unparliamentary words by Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Samarjit Singh Bains.

The Speaker allowed the motion. Bains was speaking on the issue of adulteration found in Verka milk and loopholes in its distribution system in Question Hour to which a Congress MLA intervened asking him to check the language he was using in the Assembly. Bains had used provoking words. Majority of the Congress MLAs got up seeking censure against Bains. Brahm Mohindra moved the motion and it was accepted by the Speaker following which the AAP MLAs came to the Well of the House. 

Sukhpal Khaira, who had transferred his question related to supply of milk in the state to Bains as he had highlighted it big on the state platform led the march to the Well of the House. Keeping away from the Khaira group these days, HS Phoolka followed Khaira and signalled others to join them. Amarjit Singh Sandoa, leader the rival group of the AAP and his aide Kultar Singh joined after some reluctance.

Soon all members of the AAP and LIP were in front of the Speaker raising slogans.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal in reply to a question on the malfunctioning Sewa Kendras raised by BJP MLA Som Parkash said a new MoU had been signed for the project, which would start working very soon and take care of all problems.

Manpreet Badal informed the House that the previous government had signed an agreement with the service providers after giving them Rs 1,400 crore. The Congress government cancelled the earlier agreement and instead signed a fresh agreement getting at least Rs 250 crore from the service providers.

In reply to a suggestion by an MLA, Manpreet Badal said he would be taking up the matter with the Chief Minister and got an inquiry constituted for fixing responsibility for such a big scandal.

In reply to a question on no works being carried out for the development of panchayats raised by SAD MLA Sukhwinder Kumar, Minister for Rural Development Tript Rajinder Bajwa said majority of the panchayats during the tenure of the previous government were facing allegations of eating away the public funds.

“Some have eaten lakhs (of rupees), some have eaten crores,” he alleged. “Let the new panchayats be formed after elections next month and the grants will come.” He said the department would go ahead with an inquiry into misappropriation of funds during recent years.

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