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AAP, SAD MLAs suspended for a day for creating ruckus

Main opposition Aam Aadmi Party and ally Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs were physically removed out of the Punjab assembly here on Thursday by the Marshals after they created a ruckus.

The opposition SAD legislators were also named by the Speaker after they protested and rushed to the Well of the House protesting the manner in which the AAP legislators were thrown out.

The AAP legislators were protesting stopping of party's chief whip Sukhpal Khaira and LIP leader Simarjeet Singh Bains at the assembly gate.

The Speaker suspended the AAP MLAs present in the House and lone LIP legislator Balwinder Singh Bains, led by the leader of the opposition H S Phoolka for the day.

Even the SAD MLAs including party president Sukhbir Singh Badal were named and suspended for the day by the Speaker after they created ruckus protesting the manner in which AAP legislators were physically removed from the House.

High drama was witnessed as the Speaker ordered that the AAP legislators and lone LIP MLA be taken out of the House, even as the opposition lawmakers jostled with the marshals.
In the commotion, the turban of one of the AAP MLA allegedly came off.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs protested the Speaker's action against the AAP MLAs, alleging misbehaviour by the watch and ward staff.

Earlier during Question Hour on Thursday, AAP MLAs protested against Khaira and Bains for not being allowed to enter assembly complex, with AAP senior leader Kanwar Sandhu raising the point.

Afterwards when SAD and BJP members re-entered the House, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal protested against alleged removal of turban of a AAP MLA and said that even women members of the opposition who were named by the Speaker had been pushed around.

The House was later adjourned for 15 minutes.

Later, talking to reporters outside the Assembly, Sukhbir said, "If elected representatives are treated like this, imagine how this ruling party will behave with the common people".

"The way turban came off, it is an insult of the entire Sikh community. We will move the National Minorities Commission and the National Commission for Scheduled Caste against the manner in which opposition legislators have been treated, turbans have come off and women members were mis- treated," he added further.
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