The Punjab Governor’s office has sought details of the legislative business to be held in the September 27 assembly session, to which Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann reacted sharply, saying it was tantamount to crossing the line. Mann said in a tweet that one day the governor will “seek all speeches for approval.” Punjab’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to call a session on September 27. Earlier, the government had called an extraordinary meeting of the assembly on 22 September to seek the vote of confidence. But Governor Banwarilal Purohit did not allow this.
The government also said it would challenge the Raj Bhavan movement in the Supreme Court. Earlier, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said that issues like stubble burning and power supply would be discussed in the September 27 meeting. According to a press release issued by the Punjab Raj Bhavan, the governor’s office has written to the secretary of the Punjab Legislative Assembly seeking details of the legislative business to be held in the proposed session on September 27. In response to this, Mann tweeted that the assent of the governor or the president before any meeting of the legislature is a “formalism”. For 75 years, no president or governor has asked for a list of legislative business before calling a session.
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