Punjab Congress will not attend the special session of the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday convened by the government to discuss the SYL issue. Although the party legislators had sent in their resignation to the Speaker, he has not accepted it yet.
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Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal told The Indian Express that he was yet to ascertain the genuineness of the resignations. “There are 40-43 resignations on my desk. I will request a clarification from the legislators if they are under pressure from anyone to resign. I will verify first before taking the next course of action.”
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal had appealed to the Congress to join hands with the government on the issue. But the Congress maintains that it had not received any official intimation from the government.
“We have only learnt from the newspapers that there is a special session. Otherwise, no agenda was sent to us,” said CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi.
Channi added as their resignations were not accepted, they could have given a second thought on attending the house. “But in the absence of an agenda, there is no discussion within the party and then we are not prepared to discuss it on the floor of the house. A decision has to be collective. One does not know what stand is to be taken,” he said.
The CLP leader said Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh had already asked the CM to clear his agenda for the session. “Despite that they did not want to do it. They just want to earn their brownie points. Otherwise, they should say it straightaway that this is their agenda,” he said. A delegation of the Congress will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Thursday to submit a memorandum requesting the withdrawal of Presidential Reference on issue.