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In escalating tensions between Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the former requested clarification from the latter on the legislative work to be taken up in the special assembly session on September 27, prompting a strong reaction from the state government.

A statement issued by Raj Bhavan in the evening stated, “On the letter of the Secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha dated September 27, in which he requests the order of approval by the Honorable Governor to summon the Vidhan Sabha on September 27, a letter from the office of the Governor of Punjab has it to Secretary Vidhan sabha for details on the legislative business to be taken up at the session of the proposed assembly.”

Hours later, the prime minister responded sharply to the clarification needed.

Rajav Chadha MP Rajav Shada also tweeted that “Legislative work is the exclusive domain of the Business Advisory Committee and Speaker of the House, not of the Governor”.

The war of words began after Puruhit withdrew his consent to the special assembly session requested by the Punjabi Communist Party for a motion of confidence on what he claimed was “Operation Lotus” by the BJP to destabilize the government. A letter from the governor’s office stated that the permission was withdrawn after seeking legal opinion after representation from opposition parties.

The letter stated that opposition leader Bartap Singh Bajwa, Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, BJP State President and MLA Ashwani Sharma had approached Raj Bhavan, arguing that House rules did not allow for a special session “only to trigger a confidence vote in favor of the state government”.

Shortly after the consent was withdrawn, League legislators marched toward the governor’s office in protest but were stopped by the police. The Punjab government also met, and called for a two-day session from 27 September, although this time, with the exception of “Operation Lotus”, the state of energy and burning of rubble was included in the list of business transactions.

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