Stormy Monsoon session on cards in Punjab

The Monsoon session is likely to be the last of the present Parkash Singh Badal government as the state is heading for assembly polls early next year.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published:September 7, 2016 2:48 pm
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The brief Monsoon session of Punjab Assembly beginning in Chandigarh on Thursday is likely to be a stormy affair with opposition Congress geared up to put the ruling SAD-BJP combine in the dock on issues like law and order situation and drug menace.

The Congress has asked its MLAs to ensure their presence all through the session, a party spokesman said. CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi said the Akali-BJP combine government has “failed” on all fronts and it was the right time to “expose” them in the Assembly. The major issues to be raised include the farmers’ suicides, drug scourge, denial of blue card to BPL families affiliated to Congress and the law and order situation, he said.

The Monsoon session is likely to be the last of the present Parkash Singh Badal government as the state is heading for assembly polls early next year. Congress will also deliberate upon the alleged loot of the state’s resources like sand by the Akali-BJP government, Channi said.

His party will not allow the alliance government to use its “brute numbers” to browbeat the opposition, he said. Both the Congress and SAD have summoned separate party Legislature Party meetings here tomorrow immediately after the obituary references.

However, the Akali Dal is prepared to thump its chest for the “record development” that has taken place during the Badal regime, a party spokesman said.

The Assembly will also ratify the constitutional amendment on GST bill. During the sesson four sittings will take place before being adjourned sine die on next Wednesday. Opposition Congress has also flayed the government for
keeping only “few” sittings of the session.