SAD used Covid excuse to avoid voting on ordinances, says Capt Amarinder Singh - ECAS Punjab

SAD used Covid excuse to avoid voting on ordinances, says Capt Amarinder Singh

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder today dismissed the Akali charge of running away from burning issues on the pretext of Covid. He said it was the SAD which had taken refuge in the pandemic to keep away from yesterday's session, as it did not want to be a party to the resolution rejecting the anti-farmer ordinances of the Central government.

Having supported the ordinances as part of the NDA-ruled Central government, the Akalis could not afford to vote for the resolution, and yet did not want to appear to be anti-farmer, said the Chief Minister, adding that in the circumstances, they found an easy way out in the guise of the pandemic to stay out of the Vidhan Sabha completely.

"The Speaker and I had only appealed to those MLAs who had come in contact with any infected legislators not to attend the session, but not a single Akali member turned up for the session," said Capt Amarinder. It was clear that the Akalis were running away, he said, adding that at no point were Opposition MLAs asked not to attend the session and the appeal/advice was for all members, including the ruling party.

"In any case, if the Akalis are really concerned about spreading the Covid and heeded the advice to stay away from the House on this ground, then why are they continuing with their street protests despite my repeated pleas to all political parties not to indulge in such activities, which endanger the lives of our people?" he asked.

from The Tribune

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