Punjab budget session begins with opposition protesting against the ruling party

Punjab budget session begins with opposition protesting against the ruling party

On Monday morning, the budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha began on a note of protest. The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal members tore copies of Governor VP Singh Badnore’s address.

Aam Aadmi Party MLAs riding cycles as they head to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday to protest the fuel price hike. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

The 10 day budget session of the Punjab legislative assembly is likely to remain a bit stormy as the opposition parties have decided to corner the Captain Amarinder Singh led congress government. They have slammed the ruling congress government for its unfulfilled promises in the last four years.

In March 2017, Congress came into power in the state. On Monday, the government will present its last budget session.  According to plan, the first day of the budget session starts with the address of Governor VP Singh Badnore at 11 am, followed by obituary references in the afternoon. However the opposition upped its ante against the ruling Congress.

During the first assembly session of an election year, the Shiromani Akali Dal slammed the ruling congress government for its alleged “failure to fulfil promises made in the run-up to the 2017 polls”. The SAD members tore the copies of Governor’s address.

The members of the main opposition party, Aam Aadmi Party, arrived for the session on bicycles to protest against the rising prices of fuel. AAP plans to raise issues of minimum support price (MSP) for crops, alleged post-matric scholarship scam, farm loan waiver and rising power prices.

File Photo of AAP leader Harpal Singh Cheema.

Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of opposition said, “It has been 4 years and none of the promises made during the last polls have been fulfilled. The government has failed on all counts and the CM must explain it.”

The Congress plans to present its estimates for the 2021-22 financial year on March 5, but the opposition have demanded an extension of the session that will conclude on March 10.  According to the opposition, “the problems faced by the state and its people can’t be discussed in detail in eight sittings”.

On the other hand Congress plans to target Raj Bhawan against the fuel price rise. It will hold the BJP-led government at the Centre responsible for it.

Congress has successfully completed four years in power and before the 2022 assembly polls, both the key opposition parties are trying their best to highlight the Congress government’s “failures on various fronts” during their rule. Meanwhile, congress is expected to make a last-ditch effort to entice the electorate through populist measures.

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