Two AAP legislators, including a woman, sustained injuries and taken to hospital when they along with other party members were being “physically” taken out by the marshals out of the Punjab Assembly, which witnessed ruckus over not allowing two suspended lawmakers from entering the House.
In the melee, turbans of some of the opposition members also got came off.
Speaker Rana K P Singh suspended members of both the AAP and the SAD-BJP for disrupting the House proceedings during the ongoing budget session here after both parties, in an unexpected move, joined hands to protest against him.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh condemned the opposition for their “atrocious” behaviour which smacked of hooliganism in the House, former CM Parkash Sigh Badal described the incident as “midsummer madness of the ruling Congress party and an outrage worse than the horrors of the Emergency days.”
The trouble began when Speaker Rana K P Singh ordered the eviction of AAP MLAs who were protesting that AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and ally Lok Insaf Party MLA Simerjeet Singh Bains had not been allowed to enter the Assembly complex.
The duo had addressed a press conference in the Assembly premises on Wednesday accusing the Speaker’s family of indulging in illegal mining. After being evicted by marshals on Thursday, AAP MLAs trooped back into the House, aided by Akali MLAs who had staged a walkout a short while before.
Leading them back into the House was SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. Even as marshals rushed to stop the AAP MLAs, they were brushed aside by the AAP and Akali legislators who were shouting slogans. The Speaker immediately adjourned the House.