High voltage drama was witnessed on the third day of the Budget session of the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday when Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislators walked out of the Vidhan Sabha. The walkout came in as a protest against the clarification of CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta’s remark on the Kartarpur corridor and Bharat Bhushan Ashu.
While replying to the opposition demand to dismiss Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta over his remark on Kartarpur Corridor, the CM said that the DGP had already apologized. He said, “Everyone makes mistakes.”
The CM also said that the remarks by the DGP could have been avoided. Captain Amarinder Singh also said that everyone should understand the security concerns of the country vis-à-vis a hostile neighbor.
Punjab DGP had said that the Kartarpur has a potential that you send somebody in the morning and he will be a trained terrorist by evening actually. He had also said that “You are there for six hours, you can be taken to the firing range and can be taught to make an Improvised explosive device (IED).”
The CM also defended Bharat Bhushan Ashu, his cabinet colleague, after a suspended DSP Balwinder Singh Sekhon had alleged that he (Ashu) had harbored a terrorist group in 1992. The CM stated that the TADA case raked by the opposition against the Minister has already been closed.
When Captain Amarinder Singh said that there was no need to discuss a 25-year-old closed TADA case, AAP and SAD MLAs marched to the Well of the House, demanding pending cases of Ashu to be opened. Afterward, they proceeded to stage a walkout.