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Punjab: Protesting AAP MLAs spend a night in Assembly over farm laws

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The proceedings of the second day of the special session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly have begun. On Tuesday, on behalf of the state government, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal introduced a resolution and four Acts against the Central Agricultural Law. On the other hand, opposition legislators tore copies of the Central Agricultural Law.

Presenting the bill in the Assembly, Captain Amarinder Singh said that he was critical of the Central Agricultural Act. He has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Central Government to withdraw this Act. He added that this law will not benefit the farmers, but they will have to suffer a lot.

On the other hand, MLAs of the opposition AamAadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab staged a sit-in in the assembly over the Amarinder Singh government not sharing the draft bill and spent the night in the assembly premises. The AAP MLAs had demanded from the Congress-led government that copies of the proposed bill to be tabled in the special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha against the central farm laws, to be given to them first, but it did not happen after which they staged a sit-in.

Earlier on Monday, opposition parties criticized the state government for not putting the bill on the table in protest against the agricultural laws before the special session of the Punjab Assembly. After this, the proceedings of the House were adjourned till Tuesday.

Earlier, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said that they are consulting the constitutional experts on the issue and copies of various bills to be tabled during the session will be provided to members of the opposition party by evening.

Later, Leader of Opposition and ‘AAP’ leader Harpal Cheema said late-night, “We will sit here overnight and continue the protest, as we have not yet received copies of this bill and other bills introduced during the session.’ Earlier, the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Assembly officials tried to convince the AAP leaders to call off the protest, but they were adamant.

“The AamAadmi Party will support the law against the agricultural law, but copies of the bill have not been provided to us by the government. We have also not been given copies of other Bills. How will our MLAs discuss important issues and debate on them? ” Cheema added.

The Aam Admi Party claims that the Punjab government is conspiring against the farmers and is not sharing the information related to the proposal. The AamAadmi Party alleged that if the entire opposition is united on this, then why is the information being hidden. In such a situation, the opposition should be taken along and the proposal should be informed.

Meanwhile, the SAD in the state assembly said that the bill against the agricultural laws of the Center should have been introduced on Monday itself. The party delegation met Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh in the evening and objected to the non-receipt of copies of the bills. SAD leaders termed it a ‘murder of democracy’.

It should be noted that the Congress-led Punjab government is looking to counter the effects of the centre’s new farm laws in the state level by using state laws as much as possible.

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