Congress leader Ajaib Singh Bhatti was on Friday elected Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha amid ruckus by SAD MLAs.
Brahm Mohindra escorted Bhatti to the Deputy Speaker’s seat.Meanwhile, SAD MLAs continued to raise slogans demanding debt waiver relief for farmers as the CM read out Bhatti’s political history.The 65-year-old Bhatti is an MLA from Malout (Reserve) constituency. He had won the Assembly elections from Bhucho in Bathinda in 2007 and 2012. As a former PCS officer, Bhatti had served as Additional Deputy Commissioner in Muktsar and Bathinda districts. He joined the Congress in 2007 and is a native of Bathinda. Later, the AAP decided to participate in the proceedings.
His name was proposed by the leader of the House Captain Amarinder Singh and seconded by Health Minister Brahm Mahindra, who escorted Bhatti to his new seat. Bhatti’s appointment was made amid ruckus by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs, who continued to raise slogans demanding debt waiver relief for farmers as the CM read out Bhatti’s political history. AAP MLA’s on the other hand, staged a walk out after they were not heard ahead of Question Hour. They, however, re-entered the House later. Speaking on his appointment, Bhatti assured the house that he will work impartially keeping in view the welfare of the people. Various MLAs belonging to all parties appreciated Bhatti’s services in the political field and congratulated him on his election as Deputy Speaker.