Chandigarh: Opposition Congress on Friday staged a walkout from the Punjab Assembly, demanding revocation of suspension of its nine MLAs for the rest of the Budget Session.

As the Question Hour ended in 20 minutes after the Congress legislators did not ask the questions listed against their names, Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar demanded revocation of the suspension of nine party MLAs.

Jakhar said, "Whatever happened on Wednesday was unfortunate. It should not have happened." The Leader of Opposition, however, did not tender any apology or regret in the House even though Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wanted the Congress MLAs to apologize to the House.

Proceedings abstained after their walkout. Badal said, "We want the Congress MLAs to apologize for their behavior in the House and in the Assembly complex. In case they apologize we have no objection to the suspension of the nine Congress MLAs being revoked."

Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal referred to the Privileges Committee of the House the motion of Breach of Privilege moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Mohan Mittal against Jakhar for the "unparliamentary behaviour" of the Congress legislators.

The Privileges Committee has been asked to submit its report within one month. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Congress was trying to mislead the House on the Tarn Taran police beating victim by comparing the incident to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.


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