Holiday forces Congress to shelve dharna plan in Chandigarh

The Congress legislators had planned to sit on a dharna in the well of the Vidhan Sabha but each sitting of the four day session is followed by a holiday.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published: September 9, 2016 2:39:29 am
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Id-ul-Zuha that falls on September 13 has come to the rescue of ruling SAD-BJP combine – with Congress legislators, who had planned to stay overnight in the Vidhan Sabha to protest against the government, forced to shelve their plan.

The Congress legislators had planned to sit on a dharna in the well of the Vidhan Sabha but each sitting of the four day session is followed by a holiday. Earlier, the opposition Congress had an opportunity to sit on a dharna on September 13, continue throughout the night and the entire next day but with the Bakrid postponed by a day from September 12, the legislators would not be able to execute their plan.

The legislators had taken a cue from a similar protest organised in Madhya Pradesh last year where the Congress MLAs, led by Opposition leader Satyadev Katare, staged a day-night dharna in the well of the house to press for farmers issues. The plan was discussed in the CLP meeting held here on September 1 after the idea was put forth by IYC president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring which was accepted by the CLP.

When the CLP met today to give it a final shape, the legislators were disappointed.

The session that started today concludes Wednesday. A Congress MLA told The Indian Express that they could not have launched the protest today as it was a day of obituaries.

“Saturday is closed which means we cannot do it tomorrow. Then after a sitting on Monday, the next day would be Bakrid,” said an MLA.

The party is disappointed as the sit-in would have created enough buzz in the election bound state during the last session of Assembly. It has now decided to move the No Confidence Motion against the govenement and Privilege motion against the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The No-Confidence motion would be moved by CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi and the Privilege would be move by former CLP leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar.

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