Tractors, black capes dharnas, high drama in and outside Vidhan Sabha - ECAS Punjab

Tractors, black capes dharnas, high drama in and outside Vidhan Sabha

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19

There was high drama both within and outside the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the special session convened by the Capt Amarinder Singh government to counter the Centre's new farm laws. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a dharna inside the House and the Shiromani Akali Dal outside the Punjab Bhavan.

Punjab proposes 3 legislations to counter Centre's farm laws

  • The Punjab Government will table a resolution rejecting the recently enacted laws.
  • It may bring three legislations to counter 'anti-farmer' provisions in these Acts. The legislations will require Prez nod.

  • Congress legislators want a provision in the proposed Bill that provides for action against those purchasing

    foodgrain below the MSP, emphasising that protection of MSP is one of the key demands of farm unions.

Ahead of the session, Opposition MLAs were stopped from entering the Vidhan Sabha — AAP legislators because they were in black capes as a mark of protest against the agriculture laws and Akali MLAs for trying to enter the Vidhan Sabha on tractors with "rosh" stickers. The AAP MLAs, who burnt copies of the controversial farm laws, were allowed inside the House later. So were the Akali MLAs.

The session began with obituary references. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh led the House in paying homage to the farmers who lost their lives during the ongoing agitation against the farm laws.

Akali legislators staged a sit-in outside the Punjab Bhavan where Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria were holding talks with BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) leaders. The Akalis planned to gherao the ministers but they quietly left from the rear gate.

There was acrimony at the Business Advisory Committee meeting with the Opposition members insisting that they be provided copies of the Bill that the government proposed to table in the House on Tuesday to counter the Centre's farm laws. However, Manpreet said that legal experts were still on the job.

Sources said while central laws could not be nullified by states, Punjab could make the minimum support price (MSP) mandatory and penalise the violators. Leader of the Opposition Harpal Cheema, furious at being denied copies of the proposed Bill, led a protest in the well of the House. The AAP members refused to budge even as Speaker Rana KP Singh urged them to vacate the House so that it could be sanitised for the House sitting on Tuesday. Led by Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Bikram Majithia, the Akali MLAs too held a protest in the well of the House just before it was adjourned.

Special session extended by a day

The Business Advisory Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday decided to extend the special session by another day, till October 20. The committee will meet on Tuesday again to decide on further extension of the session, till October 21.

Talks with farmers end in stalemate, stir to continue

A meeting between a three-member Punjab Cabinet ministerial panel and representatives of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) on Monday remained inconclusive. The farmers said they would continue with their agitation till they were convinced about the steps taken by the state to counter the new farm laws.

CM, Sidhu share cold vibes

Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu, who ended his self-imposed political exile by attending the Assembly session on Monday, and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh did not exchange pleasantries.



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