Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit has canceled his order to convene a special session of the Punjab Assembly on 22 September. After this, there will be no special sessions called by the government of Aam Aadmi Party in the assembly. The AAP government had called a one-day special session of the assembly to hold the trust vote, which was also approved by the governor on September 20. The governor quashed his September 20 order, allegedly due to lack of rules.
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and said, how can the governor refuse the session called by the cabinet? Then democracy is over. Two days ago, the Governor gave permission for the session. When Operation Lotus started failing and the number was not completed, a call came from above asking to withdraw the permission. Today the country has a constitution on one side and Operation Lotus on the other.
The Aam Aadmi Party had said that the BJP has contacted about 10 of its MLAs and lured them Rs 25 crore each. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office had said that the recommendation of the Cabinet would be sent to the Governor to convene a special session of the Legislative Assembly under Article 174 (1) of the Constitution. On the other hand, the BJP had surrounded the Aam Aadmi Party government and said that such 'political fraud' is being done to divert the attention of the people of Punjab from the failure of the government.
CM Bhagwant Mann tweeted, "Governor not allowing the assembly to run raises big questions on the democracy of the country... Now democracy will be run by a public representative elected by crores of people or a person appointed by the central government... On one hand Bhimrao ji's constitution and on the other hand Operation Lotus... the public is watching everything.