Opposition parties boycott Punjab Governor's address in Vidhan Sabha

Punjab News Express | February 12, 2019 05:53 PM

CHANDIGARH: The opposition parties including Aam Aadmi Party(APP), Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) and Lok Insaf Party today walked out of Vidhan Sabha and boycotted the address of V.P.Singh Badnore, the Governor of Punjab on first day of budget session.

While Simarjeet Singh Bains president of Lok Insaf Party protested against Governor's speech in English and demanded to speak in Punjabi, the SAD and AAP described the speech of bundle of lies and lackluster and bereft of substance.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Governor's speech prepared by Capt Amarinder Singh Government was a bundle of lies. He said that Congress government had failed on all fronts and a sitaution of anarchy prevailing in the state. He said that farmers were committing suicides, teachers and government employees are on agitating against policies of Captain government.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has quizzed the Captain Amarinder Singh Government as to where had the party manifesto that had promised moons for the teeming millions of farmers, daily wage earners, ‘dalits’, the aged and other categories of people in the state before assuming power two years ago had been missing.

In a statement, leader of opposition (LoP) in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Harpal Singh Cheema accused the government of misleading the governor on the public-centric issues and concerns. Cheema said the biggest lie in the speech was on loan waiver to farmers, which, he said, was nothing but a pack of lies. Cheema said the government had played a cruel joke on the farming community by backtracking on the said promise. Cheema expressed his shock over the way miffed farmers were being forced to commit suicides, stating that more than 900 farmers and farm labourers had committed suicide during the past two years.

Speaking on the law and order situation in the state, Cheema said that the law and order machinery in the state had gone for a toss, with the deaf dispensation sleeping over the matter. He expressed his deep anguish over the two major incidents of gang rape, which spoke volumes of the collapse of the law and order machinery.

Cheema accused the Captain government of being non-serious about the water share, transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas, and Punjab’s claim on Chandigarh, stating that had the government been a tad serious about, the long-pending issue could have been resolved. Cheema said that as per the governor’s speech, only 40 per cent of the villages had yet to be provided clean potable water, but, he said, the claim was a mere figment of imagination as the 40 per cent of the villages were being supplied water which was unfit for human consumption, Cheema said.

Cheema was critical of the Captain government, saying that it had not done much to nailing the mining mafia, transport mafia, liquor mafia, which were active in the state. On the power front, Cheema said people were paying hefty electricity bill up to forty thousand for marginal consumption, forcing them to take to roads in protest. Roads were in a bad shape, and so were the education and health services, which, he said, had virtually collapsed.

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