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Winter session all set to witness political fireworks

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2013 20:45 IST
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The five-day-long winter session of the Vidhan Sabha beginning on Monday will witness political fireworks at otherwise tranquil hill town of Dharamsala, as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, upbeat after the Congress rout in four states, is all set to grill Virbhadra Singh government on various issues including, the large scale transfers, shortage of ration and states poor fiscal health.

Bharatiya Janata Party legislators will meet on Sunday evening in Dharamsala to chalk out the strategy.

It is likely that the government's decision to take over the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Associations infrastructure might charge up the political environment. The high court's directives to restore the status quo ante in HPCA properties came as reprieve to cricket associations and to former Chief Minister Prem Kumar in particular, since the cricket association is headed by his parliamentarian son Anurag Thakur. “This time the Congress will have to do lots of answering” opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal told Hindustan Times.

The Opposition party has been constantly targeting the Congress over the short supply of rations being supplied to consumers under the public distribution system . There are large number of complaints about ration shortfall in the government-run depots. Recently Virbhadra Singh himself directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure the availability of ration. What makes things difficult for the government is that Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu too has been receiving complaints related to ration shortage.

The transfers of employees is one of the issues that is likely to echo loud in the Vidhan Sabha . There have been instances where as many as 25 teachers were transferred on single demi official letter” says a BJP leader. The BJP has been training guns on the unsecured loan secured by Singh and his family members from industrialistsThe loan and favor to a firm owned by Vaikmullah Chandershekhar is likely to crop up in the session.

The saffron party will also try to whip the government on unceremonious removal of the chairperson of the State Women Commission.

THE BJP could further target the Congress government over its failure to seek financial assistance from Congress led United Progressive government. Its been six months that rain triggered landslides ravaged parts of tribal Kinnaur district. Singh along with his entire cabinet had called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek financial assistance for the state.

The government had pegged the flood losses at Rs 2200 crore. But inspite the central team visit to the state, so far not even a single penny has been released by the centre. “The Congress has failed to secure financial grant from its own government at the Centre.” says Prem Kumar Dhumal, adding that the Chief Minister was laying a foundation stone without making budgetary provisions.

“We are fully geared to tackle opposition attacks in the Vidhan Sabha. Our endeavors would be to ensure that the House runs smoothly' says industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri who is also the parliamentary affairs minister. The Congress legislator party will meet on Monday evening to finalize its strategy.

This time the government has initiated many austerity measures to reduce the expenses incurred on the Vidhan Sabha session. The general administration department has put a cap on the food expanses. The cost of per meal has been fixed at Rs 400 for the members of legislative assembly. The administration has also identified hotels with standard facilities at low coast for lodging purposes.