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Punjab Assembly’s discussion on BSF jurisdiction postponed to Thursday

Sources said that the decision to break up the session into two days and to postpone the discussion on the issue of BSF jurisdiction was taken at a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: November 8, 2021 4:56:31 am
PunjabThe Centre’s move to extend the jurisdiction of BSF to up to 50 kilometres inside the international border will be discussed in the House on November 11. (File photo)

THE PUNJAB Assembly on Sunday notified a last-minute change for the special session called on Monday, with only obituary references now scheduled to be taken up during the day and a detailed session, which will include a discussion on BSF jurisdiction’s issue, being postponed till Thursday.

The new schedule of business of the Vidhan Sabha special session was released on Sunday evening by the Assembly. As per the new schedule, the house will take up obituaries on November 8, with November 9 and 10 being marked as off days. The house will again convene on November 11 when the issue of increase in BSF’s jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km will be taken up.

The legislative business has also now been included in the business of the House on November 11, and the House later set to pass a resolution for adjourning sine die.

Sources say the decision to break up the session into two days and to postpone the discussion on BSF’s jurisdiction was taken in a Cabinet meeting on Sunday. The ongoing turmoil in the Congress and apprehensions about the manner in which Punjab Congress President, Navjot Singh Sidhu, will react to the Cabinet not taking up the issue of Advocate General’s resignation in the Assembly were two of the driving forces behind the reason for the postponement, sources said.

New seat for Capt Amarinder Singh

Meanwhile, it is learned that former CM Captain Amarinder Singh has been allocated a new seat in the far back of the treasury benches just next to Navjot Singh Sidhu. Though Captain Amarinder Singh has resigned as a member of the Congress, he has not yet resigned as an MLA. Hence, if he turns up at the special session, then he will have to sit at his newly designated seat. As CM  Amarinder used to sit in the front row on the first seat.

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