Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on Monday said the Punjab government was avoiding discussions on key issues. He was talking to mediapersons after the CLP meeting, which was attended by 28 MLAs.
He said no agenda had been circulated among any member, especially of the Opposition. "We are being kept in the dark about the proceedings of the House. There is no information on any of the bills to be introduced in the House, due to which we have no preparation for discussions," Jakhar said.
He added that the state government had failed to properly procure paddy and there was no clarity on property tax, advance tax, industrial policy and the policy on regularisation of illegal colonies.
"The issues of city residents, traders, farmers, pensioners, and beneficiaries of various welfare schemes need to be raised in the House, but the ruling coalition doesn't want to involve the Opposition in the debate," Jakhar said.
He said he had given a list of issues which the Opposition wanted to have discussions on in the house, but so far the assembly speaker had not reverted. "We have also demanded that the number of business days be extended, as the government plans to wind up the current session by Friday," he added.
On being asked by the media whether Congress MLAs had sent any request for a call-attention motion on any of the 'burning' issues to the Vidhan Sabha speaker, Jakhar expressed ignorance. He said he would check with his MLAs.