AAP to raise farm loan waiver, mining issues to corner Congress in 14 June Punjab Assembly session

Chandigarh: The AAP is set to corner the Congress government during the budget session, which will start from 14 June, on various issues including farmer suicide, farm loan waiver and mining mafia.

With several of its MLAs being first-time legislators, the AAP, which is the main opposition in Punjab, has decided to train them so that the legislators can "effectively raise" burning issues in the House.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The maiden budget session under the new dispensation is scheduled to commence at 2 pm on 14 June and adjourn sine-die on 23 June.

"We will take up several burning issues like rising number of farmers' suicide and non-implementation of farm loan waiver by the state government during the budget session," leader of opposition in the Assembly Harvinder Singh Phoolka said on Sunday.

"We will demand that the government pay loan installments of farmers till debt waiver is announced," he said.

Phoolka said the AAP will also demand doubling of budget in education sector and filling up vacant position of teachers in government schools.

"The issue of sand mining mafia will be raised by us in the Assembly," the AAP leader said.

Notably, opposition parties have been demanding sacking of Punjab Cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who was facing impropriety charges in sand mining contracts.

Over a woman constable in Ludhiana committing suicide on 9 June after being allegedly harassed by his colleague, Phoolka said the AAP will demand that female staff in police department should not be given night duties.

The party has invited its Delhi legislator Sourabh Bhardwaj to train AAP MLAs on Monday ahead of the Assembly session.

"We have also decided to provide each MLA an expert on a particular subject who will provide facts and figures so that the legislator can make their points effectively," he said.

A meeting between the AAP and the Lok Insaaf Party has been called on 13 June, to decide on the floor strategy during the Assembly session.

Out of 20 AAP MLAs, 19 are the first timers. The AAP along with the Lok Insaaf Party had won 22 seats in the Assembly elections held in February.

Updated Date: Jun 11, 2017 21:43 PM

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