PA session in hotel: Parvez Elahi grills critics
Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi along with Provincial Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja and Secretary Assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti on Tuesday visited the Faletti’s Hotel to review the arrangements for holding of Assembly session there on June 5 and issued necessary orders.
Speaking on the occasion, Ch Parvez Elahi said that those criticizing holding of assembly session in a hotel will be defeated hollow and they will be hiding their faces when details of the lowest hotel expenditures are made public.
He said that for holding the session we had secured rates of three different places, the place with the lowest rate has been selected, it was not possible to hold the session in Aiwan-e-Iqbal because there AC and other facilities were inadequate, other five star hotel rates were also very high, then we selected the Faletti’s Hotel with the lowest rates for many reasons, one is it is the nearest to the assembly building, for parking assembly ground will be used, assembly offices being nearest will also be of great help.
The Speaker Punjab Assembly said that those talking false regarding expenditures have one scheme that they should lock the assemblies and this will not cost any additional expenses.
Ch Parvez Elahi visited both the halls declared as the assembly halls and reviewed the seating arrangements for the assembly members under the SOPs, sound system, press gallery, members lobby and meeting room.
Punjab Law Minister said that it is moment of thought for the people that the Speaker Punjab Assembly had laid the foundation stone of the new assembly building when he was the Chief Minister of Punjab between 2002 to 2007 and lot of work had also been completed in it, when Ch Parvez Elahi tenure ended then the new government did not let the building in 10 years as a result of which the cost has been increased several hundred times now, had the assembly building been completed timely then we would not have been searching for place for holding of the session today.