Punjab: CM Bhagwant Mann Calls For Floor Test On September 22: Citing ‘Operation Lotus

Operation Lotus

“Operation Lotus” is the term used by Opposition parties to describe what they call “poaching” of MLAs by the BJP to topple governments.

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today announced that he has called for a special session of the state assembly on September 22 for a trust vote on the floor of the house.

After news of the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ to break off Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, we want to prove legally as well that our government stands strong, the AAP leader said in a video message.

“The faith of the people has no value in any currency of the world…On Thursday, 22 September, a special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be convened and this will be proved legally by submitting a vote of confidence… Long live the revolution,” Mr. Mann tweeted in Punjabi.


Ruling AAP MLAs had a couple of days back filed a complaint with the state’s top cop Gaurav Yadav against the saffron party for trying to topple their government by offering money to its MLAs and threatening them.

Under the leadership of senior minister Harpal Singh Cheema, 11 party MLAs and Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Jai Krishan Singh Rouri, submitted their written complaint to the DGP on September 14. They also reportedly submitted audio recordings of the calls received by the MLAs as proof against the BJP.

Mr. Cheema had said the MLAs who were approached include Dinesh Chadha, Raman Arora, Budh Ram, Kulwant Pandori, Narinder Kaur Bharaj, Rajnish Dahiya, Rupinder Singh Happy, Sheetal Angural, Manjit Singh Bilaspur, Labh Singh Ugoke and Baljinder Kaur.

The party alleges that the BJP has shifted its focus to Punjab, having failed in Delhi.

“Operation Lotus” is the term used by Opposition parties to describe what they call “poaching” of MLAs by the BJP to topple governments.

Delhi CM and AAP supremo, Arvind  Kejriwal has repeatedly attacked the BJP for trying to poach MLAs of the Opposition parties. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh had yesterday accused that the BJP ‘kidnapped’ and ‘bought’ 285 MLAs across the country.

“How many crores of rupees have been spent on corruption and black money, the whole country wants to know,” the AAP leader said, adding that today the name of BJP has been changed to “Bharatiya Khoka (crore) Party”.

He echoed his party’s charge that the BJP unsuccessfully conducted ‘Operation Lotus’ in Delhi by offering ₹ 25-25 crore to MLAs to join the BJP.

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