“Democracy Is Over,” Says Arvind Kejriwal After Punjab Governor’s Move


'Democracy Is Over,' Says Arvind Kejriwal After Punjab Governor's Move

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and his party AAP have been complaining of poaching attempts by BJP


Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit has turned down the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s demand for a special session of the assembly to introduce a confidence motion. The Governor has withdrawn the order to summon a special session of the Punjab assembly on September 22.
Reacting sharply to the Punjab Governor’s decision, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “How can the governor refuse a 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.”

In a fresh order issued today, Mr Purohit said the earlier order stands withdrawn in the absence of specific rules regarding summoning of the assembly for considering the confidence motion that was called by the Punjab government.

AAP leaders have been complaining of poaching attempts by the BJP to topple the government in Punjab, as part of what AAP and other Opposition parties claim to be BJP’s “Operation Lotus”. The AAP leadership wanted to prove that their house was intact, through a confidence motion in the assembly.

Commenting on the Governor’s decision, Raghav Chadha, AAP leader and party in-charge for the Punjab assembly elections earlier this year, tweeted: “Hon’ble Governor’s withdrawal order raises a serious question mark on his intent. It is beyond any reasonable understanding as to why there should be any objection to a government’s decision to face the assembly?”

“This order further proves the sinister design of Operation Lotus,” he added.

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