Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for disrupting the House proceedings, saying the Opposition's atrocious behaviour smacked of hooliganism.
Speaking to reporters in the 'press lounge' of Assembly here, he also flayed the Opposition for allegedly violating the sanctity of the House with their "rowdy acts".
Making his anguish clear over the Opposition's obstructionist behaviour in the House, a visibly upset Singh said that action should be taken against those MLAs who have been breaking the rules of the Assembly and throwing papers at the Speaker, besides creating an unnecessary ruckus over non-issues.
Asked if the AAP and the SAD were conspiring together to disrupt the proceedings, he said given their conduct over the past few days, it definitely appeared to be so, in fact, ever since the Budget session commenced.
He said that he could give AAP MLAs the benefit of doubt since they were novices and did not know how to behave in the Assembly, but the Akalis are also behaving in a similar fashion which clearly indicates that it was a deliberate ploy to prevent the government from implementing its promises to the people.
MLAs of these parties have been violating the sanctity of the Question Hour, he said.
"Instead of utilising the Question Hour for raising their issues, they are indulging in political gimmickry to hog the limelight and to remain in the news," he said, adding that such behaviour was completely against all democratic norms and ethics, and did not behove the elected representatives of the people.
Expressing shock at the assault on a woman watch and ward personnel by AAP MLAs today, he said it was disgusting and shameful.
Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 17:56:28 IST