The Punjab governor’s office has sought details of the legislative business to be held in the September 27 assembly session, to which Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann reacted sharply and said it amounted to crossing the limit. Mann said in a tweet that one day the governor will “seek all speeches for approval”. Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has decided to convene a session on September 27. Earlier, the government had called a special meeting of the Assembly on September 22 to seek the trust vote. But Governor Banwarilal Purohit did not allow this.
The government also said that it would challenge the Raj Bhavan move in the Supreme Court. Earlier, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said that issues like stubble burning and power supply would be discussed in the September 27 session. According to a press release issued by the Punjab Raj Bhavan, the Governor’s Office has written to the Secretary of the Punjab Legislative Assembly seeking details of the legislative business to be held in the proposed session on September 27. Responding to this, Mann tweeted that the assent of the Governor or the President before any session of the legislature is a “formalism”. In 75 years, no president or governor has asked for a list of legislative business before convening a session.