Opposition Congress is gearing up to take on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government and the Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon during the truncated autumn session of Punjab Assembly which began on Friday with only the obituary references.
The Congress,which hoped to embarrass the government over what it alleged was its insensitivity to the farmers demands,had to do a major rethink over its strategy as the farmers and the government reached a compromise this evening. It is,however,keeping its ammunition dry for the issues on deteriorating law and order situation,rising incidence of cancer in the Malwa region and what it terms as the mistreatment meted out to various groups such as ETT teachers,anganwadi worker,sugarmill employees etc. The strategy was finalised at the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting here today.
The party,however,is likely to embarrass Speaker Nirmal Kahlon for not stepping down despite being implicated by the CBI. By cancelling the session on Monday,the Speaker has effectively truncated the session to four days. Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira said,It is a joke in the name of democracy. Clearly,the government is apprehensive about facing the opposition because it is aware of its miserable performance. Congress MLA Avtar Singh Brar wanted that the sessions duration be extended for at least a month!
The ruling party today showed that it has no stomach to debate the critical issues of the day by cancelling the Vidhan Sabha session due on Monday. Whereas the house should be meeting for at least 10 sessions this time it has been cut down from five sessions to four. This is a further nail in the coffin of Punjab democracy, said Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura..
Randeep Singh,Congress MLA from Nabha said,We will highlight how they are mistreating the people of the state. They are ruthlessly mistreating various groups of employees.
Despite clarification by the government and Deputy Chief Minister that Rs 800 crore that came from centre was to recompense Punjab government for additional power provided during the Kharif season,Congress still says that it will take up the issue in the house.
Khangura said,They have transferred the money to their own department. The entire Rs 800 crore was meant to be distributed amongst the farmers. The recent mishap in Khamano where collapse of a factory roof led to death of five people will also be raised in the house.
Khaira said,No action has been taken against the owners of the unit. The very incident shows that labour laws had been thrown to the winds. But government is still,simply because the owners share some cordiality with the chief ministers family. He added that he has prepared a detailed note on the misuse of NREGA in Punjabs district which he would be speaking in the Assembly.
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