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Punjab Vidhan Sabha special session begins, new bill to negate central act proposed

SATINDER BAINS | October 19, 2020 11:56 AM

CHANDIGARH: The much hyped special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha started today at 11 AM and adjourned for an hour after paying tributes to departed souls of farmers.

The special session has been summoned by ruling Congress party to pass a bill to negate the farm laws framed by center government. The session is considered significant and may pave way for fresh confrontation with center government. The BJP led Modi government has made it a prestige point to implement the controversial Acts. Punjab Vidhan Sabha is expected to reject the central farm bills and also a new bill is expected to be passed making it mandatory for private buyers to take permission of state government for buying crops. Those npot paying MSP to farmers may by punished for five years jail, the new bill propsoed.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has assured the farmer organisations that state governmetn would protect the interests of farmers. He is holding meetings with farmer bodies and senior lawyers to give final touches to the bills. The bill would be presented in house on October 20.

As the session began today, the SAD MLAs came on tractors and sought to protect the interests of farmers. SAD has recently parted ways with BJP on this issue. The AAP MLAs alleged that they were stopped by police from entering the Vidhan Sabha. They however gate crashed theor entry.Navjot Sidhu Congress MLA from Amritsar and former minister also came to attend the session after long time.
The farmers in Punjab were holding agitation for the last about three weeks agaisnt the new farm acts introduced by farmers. The farmers have blocked railway tracks and outlets belonging to Reliance and other corporates.

BJP in the meantime has been supporting the central law and trying to reach out to farmers to clear the air. The BJP leaders are not allowed to enter villages.

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