Chandigarh, June 22, 2017: The Punjab Assembly turned into a battlefield on Thursday after a Sikh MLA from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that his turban was taken off as marshalls pushed his party legislators out of the house.
AAP legislator Pirmal Singh Dhaula came out of the house with his turban in his hand and his hair open. He alleged that his turban came off during manhandling by the marshalls after the Speaker ordered the removal of AAP lawmakers from the house.
Tension prevailed inside and outside the house following the incident.
Speaker Rana K.P. Singh ordered the AAP lawmakers’ removal after they protested his order, banning the entry of two legislators — Sukhpal Singh Khaira of AAP, and Simarjeet Singh Bains of AAP ally Lok Insaaf Party.
Both legislators were suspended from the house last week.
“This is the worst situation for democracy. We have not witnessed such manhandling. The Congress government is to blame for it,” Dhaula said after coming out of the house.
AAP legislators shouted slogans inside and outside the assembly building against the Speaker and the Congress government.
Some legislators tried to enter the house again but the marshalls and security forces physically stopped them.
Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal legislators also supported the AAP lawmakers.
The house was adjourned by the Speaker for some time.
The MLAs tried to barge towards Speaker Rana KP Singh’s podium but they were stopped by the marshals. The leaders were protesting against AAP chief whip Sukhpal Khaira and LIP leader Simerjeet Singh Bains being denied entry into the Assembly premises.
Khaira was suspended for sharing Facebook Live video of ruckus in the Punjab Assembly on June 16. Bains was also suspended after he threw paper balls at the Speaker on June 15.