Punjab budget session set to start on stormy note on Tuesday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2016 10:35 IST

Punjab assembly’s budget session beginning Tuesday is set to witness fireworks with the opposition Congress geared up to launch an all-out offensive against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance over a host of issues, including river water dispute.

This session is critical for both Congress and SAD as each of these parties would try and score political brownie points and influence public perception in the run-up to the Punjab assembly polls due early next year.

The Congress has already announced that its legislators would hold a foot march to the assembly over the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal project.

While the Congress will primarily target the BJP-led Union government over its affidavit in the Supreme Court “favouring early completion of the SYL canal”, it will also try to put the SAD, an ally of the saffron party, on the mat for not opposing the Centre’s stand.

The SAD-BJP alliance will counter this by blaming the former Congress governments at the Centre and in Haryana for “conspiracy” to rob Punjab of its river waters. The alliance leaders said the Congress’s proposed march should be a “regret” march for its party’s doings.

Besides, the opposition is also expected to corner the treasury benches over the killing of two Sikhs protesting against sacrilege of the holy book, atrocities on Dalits, farm suicides and drug menace.

Leader of the opposition Charanjit Singh Channi has proposed a detailed discussion on the issue of providing reservation to Jats and also Punjabis coming under attack during the recent Jat stir.

The ruling alliance is also ready with a white paper highlighting its development initiatives. While a joint meeting of the SAD-BJP legislature parties would be held on Tuesday, SAD’s core panel met on Monday to chalk out its strategy.

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