Punjab Speaker Accepts MLA HS Phoolka’s Resignation
The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh on Friday accepted AAP MLA from Dakha HS Phoolka’s resignation from the membership of the state assembly. HS Phoolka’s resignation was accepted five days after he wrote to the Speaker stating that if his resignation was not accepted, he would have to move to the Supreme Court. This decision has paved way for the byelection in the Dakha Assembly segment, along with Phagwara and Jalalabad Assembly segments. The seat from Phagwara and Jalalabad Assembly constituency has fallen vacant after SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal and BJP’s Som Prakash were elected to the Lok Sabha from Ferozepur and Hoshiarpur respectively in the general elections held in May this year. Advocate Phoolka tendered his resigned as an MLA in October last year. He stepped down from his position to press for action against those involved in the state’s sacrilege incidents in2015. After the speaker accepted his resignation, Phoolka said in a statement, “What I had said in August 2018 has turned out to be correct as no action has been taken against the culprits of sacrilege till now. Today’s development will again bring the issue to the centre stage and mobilise public opinion.” Punjab AAP Chief and MP Bhagwant Mann reacted to acceptance of Phoolk’s resignation, saying that it was his personal decision. The party never agreed with the decision, added Mann. Accusing the government and Speaker of taking on double standards in accepting resignations of AAP MLAs, Mann said that the Speaker had not been performing his constitutional responsibilities with the way he should. In the last seven months, AAP legislators Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Nazar Singh Manshahia, Baldev Singh, and Amarjit Singh Sandoa have resigned from the party. Barring Manshahia, Sandoa, Baldev and others from resigning the membership of the state assembly.