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'Operation Lotus defeated': Bhagwant Mann after winning trust vote in Punjab assembly
Bhagwant Mann
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'Operation Lotus defeated': Bhagwant Mann after winning trust vote in Punjab assembly

| @indiablooms | 03 Oct 2022, 08:06 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann won the trust vote in the assembly on Monday amid a walkout by the Congress MLAs.

"Operation Lotus defeated in Punjab," said Mann after the Punjab Assembly "unanimously" passed the motion moved by him.

The AAP had earlier claimed that at least 10 of its MLAs were approached by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with an offer of Rs. 25 crores to each of them in a bid to topple the Mann government as a part of the alleged 'Operation Lotus'.

After a discussion on the trust vote in the assembly on Monday, Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan put it to vote.

He asked MLAs to raise hands who were in support, and then asked those who were against the motion of confidence.

The members of the Congress party walked out as soon as the discussion began as they were demanding that the Speaker should give them time to speak and raise issues during the Zero Hour.

91 AAP MLAs supported the motion while one of the three SAD MLAs who were present in the House and a lone BSP MLA did not oppose the motion.

"So, 93 MLAs have supported the motion and none is against it. Thus, the motion is unanimously passed," the Speaker said.

In the 117-member Punjab Assembly, the AAP has 92 members (including the Speaker), Congress 18, SAD 3, BJP 2, BSP 1 while 1 is an Independent.

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