Captain Amarinder asks Badal to spell out agenda for special session of Assembly

November 14, 2016 06:45 PM
Captain Amarinder asks Badal to spell out agenda for special session of Assembly


Asking Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clearly spell out the agenda for the special session of the Assembly, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday demanded from him an assurance that any new legislation on SYL, passed during the special session, would be approved by the Governor and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the centre. Reacting to Badal’s appeal to the Congress to participate in the special session, to be held on November 16, Captain Amarinder demanded to know if the Akali government had taken the approval of the Governor, as well as its ally – the BJP – to bring out a new legislation on SYL to protect the water rights of the people of Punjab.

While the Punjab Congress had always supported any government move to save the water of the state, no decision could be taken on participation in the special session without clarity on the agenda and an assurance that any new legislation would be approved by the Governor and not made a mockery of, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said.Pointing out that the Governor was yet to give his approval on the De-acquisition Bill passed during the last session of the Assembly with the support of the Congress, Captain Amarinder said Badal should clarify how he proposed to convince the BJP and the Governor to accept the same.

In the absence of a clear agenda, the Congress could not take a stand on attending the special session, Captain Amarinder reiterated, adding that his party was ready to extend all possible support to the government in the matter of protection of Punjab’s water.  The Punjab Congress chief said if the Badal government was not ready to spell out the special session agenda it should also join the Congress MLAs in resigning from the Assembly and calling for early elections in the state.“Let there be elections to the Punjab Assembly next month,” said Captain Amarnder, reiterating that his party would go all out to resolve the SYL issue in the state’s interest once it is in power with a 2/3rd majority.

 Demanding that the resignations of the Congress MLAs be accepted immediately, Captain Amarinder said President’s rule was the only way elections in the state could be held in a free and fair manner. If Badal and his team want to prove their credibility, and convince the people of Punjab that they are sincere about protecting the state’s water, they should either come out with a clear agenda for the special Assembly session or quit and pave the way for free and fair elections in order to safeguard Punjab’s interest, said the PPCC president.

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