Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 18
At a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting held here on Sunday, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is reported to have hinted at “exemplary” action during the Punjab Assembly session that begins on Monday. Sources said the Congress MLAs told the CM that it was imperative to take on the Modi government on the new farm laws, irrespective of the consequences.
They were unanimous in their opinion that the minimum support price (MSP) and ‘mandi’ system must be protected at all costs and the “unconstitutional laws, which were against federalism” had to be countered.
“This fight will go on. We will fight this till the Supreme Court,” Capt Amarinder is reported to have told the MLAs.
“The Centre may ‘dismiss’ the Congress government if it wants, but we will do everything possible to protect the farmers,” state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said after the meeting.
The Council of Ministers, which met after the CLP meeting, authorised the Chief Minister to take any legislative/ legal decision that he deemed fit to protect the farmers’ interests. Stressing that the “whole world is watching Punjab with a lot of expectations”, the Chief Minister sought the opinion of his ministers as well as MLAs on a draft legislation to be tabled on the second day of the session which could be extended till Wednesday (October 21).
A decision in this regard would be made at a Business Advisory Committee meeting on Monday.