Kultar Singh Sandhwan was today unanimously elected as Speaker of the 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann proposed the name of Sandhwan as Speaker which was seconded by Cabinet Minister Harpal Cheema. Subsequently S. Sandhwan was elected unopposed for the post of the custodian of the house.
The Chief Minister during his maiden speech on the floor of the House assured that efforts would be made to ensure the live streaming of the proceedings of the House. He said that audio and video recordings of the members would be provided to them so that the proceedings of the house are shown to the general public. The Chief Minister also said that in future the audio and video recordings of the House would also be provided to media persons.
Bhagwant Mann expressed hope that the Opposition would play a constructive role for making Punjab Vidhan Sabha a model House in the whole country. He also said that all the members of the house would contribute towards carving out a radiant, progressive and front runner Punjab. He said that government would give detailed answers to all the questions of the members in the House till their satisfaction.
He bemoaned that unfortunately earlier their predecessors used to victimise their political opponents by using the privilege motion when anyone was recording the proceedings. However, he said that it was blatant violation of the right to freedom of members so AAP government has in principle decided that it won’t ever happen in future and all the proceedings of the house would be open for full public view.