Haryana calls special session after Punjab seeks transfer from Chandigarh

The special session will take place at 11 a.m. on April 5, a Haryana government spokesman said.

The government of Manohar Lal Khattar decided on Sunday to hold a special session of the Haryana meeting on April 5 in a movement aimed at opposing the Punjab meeting resolution on the transfer of Union Territory (UT) Chandigarh to the AAP-governed border state.

The decision to convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Khattar. The majority of ministers attended this hastily convened cabinet meeting via video conferencing.

“The cabinet meeting was held on Sunday and it was decided that a special session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be convened on April 5 at 11 a.m.,” an official spokeswoman said.

The immediate provocation behind the convening of the special session of the assembly is the controversial resolution adopted by the Punjab assembly on Friday, in which the state’s claim to UT Chandigarh, the joint capital of both neighboring states , repeat.

The resolution in the Punjab meeting was adopted in the absence of two BJP legislators who had one step out of the House.

While the war of words between Punjab and Haryana is raging over several open issues, Khattar on Sunday that Chandigarh is also the capital of Haryana and that it will remain the capital in the future as well.

“We will not allow Punjab to take Chandigarh away from us,” Khattar said at Karnal.

Read also | Haryana CM promises not to separate from Chandigarh, says “someone else” orders over the movement of the Punjab government

On Saturday, Khattar had sought an apology of AAP National Coordinator Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann for bringing a resolution seeking the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab.

Within days of the AAP government seizing power in Punjab, Khattar had opened the front over the long-running Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) channel logjam.

During the special session, it is expected that the ruling BJP-JJP coalition government will discuss all controversial interstate issues related to Punjab.

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