The Congress has chalked out a strategy to target deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday, the second day of the last assembly session of the current Akali-BJP government in the state. This was finalised during the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on the opening day of the session on Thursday.
“We have decided to target the deputy CM because he is to be blamed for sufferings of the people of Punjab,” CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi told HT.
Former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar will also be bringing in a breach of privilege motion against Sukhbir. Jakhar has submitted an application with the Vidhan Sabha secretary to move a privilege motion against the deputy CM for his failure to fulfil the promise of providing water supply, sewerage facilities and other basic amenities to all households in the state. He had made this promise in the House on March 18.
“Our entire focus will be on the deputy CM, because he has emerged as the one who will lead the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) into the assembly polls in 2017, and the entire party and government affairs revolve around him,” said a Congress legislator.
The party also decided to move a no-confidence motion against the government on 10 different issues, for which an application was moved before the Vidhan Sabha secretary. Channi, who chaired the meeting, asked all 42 party MLAs to be present in the House on all days of the session.
The party decided that six MLAs — Channi, Raj Kumar Verka, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Sunil Jakhar, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Kaka Randeep Singh — will speak on various issues, while other MLAs will support them. Congress plans to move the no-confidence motion on the government’s failure to protect the state’s interests in the matter of SYL canal and transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab, failure to protect interests of farmers and farm labourers, deteriorating law and order situation, emergence of mafia in different fields, rampant corruption and failure to generate employment.
Other issues include deteriorating fiscal health of the state, failure to apprehend those behind the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and give justice to families of those killed in Behbal Kalan firing. The Congress also decided to raise various issues during zero hours in the current session. The issues are law and order problem, farmer suicide and Dalit atrocities besides civic issues such as lack of amenities and non-issuance of blue cards.
To attack aap
Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki suggested to bring a resolution against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the alleged involvement of its Delhi ministers in sex scandals. Party MLAs were of the view that they can bring in this resolution successfully because the treasury benches would also support it.