Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Punjab spent the night inside the premises of the legislative assembly building in protest against the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government for not sharing a copy of the farm bill which is likely to be introduced on Tuesday.
A special session is being conducted by the Punjab assembly to counter the farm laws. However, the farm bill was not tabled on Monday following which the opposition started its protest. Several MLAs were seen sitting inside the well of the house demanding draft of the new law on agriculture. AAP said that it will support the legislation but government should supply it with the copy of the bill first. Leader of Opposition and AAP leader Harpal Cheema told PTI that the party had not got copies of other bills as well and that it was not possible for their legislators to discuss and debate important issues without studying the bills. He added that the party’s MLAs will sit through the night if copies of farm legislation and other bills are not supplied to them.
In agreement with AAP, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said the bill should have been tabled in the assembly on Monday as there cannot be any more important business than this. The party MLAs reached the assembly on tractors and tore the copies of the Centre’s legislation. Later, a delegation of SAD leaders met speaker Rana KP Singh and said not being supplied with the draft of the bill by the Punjab government was a murder of democracy.
Earlier, finance and acting parliamentary affairs minister had said that the government was in consultation with many constitutional experts over the bill and its copies will be given to all opposition parties soon. The bill is likely to be tabled in the Assembly today.