Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 19
A special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to counter the farm laws passed by the Centre began here on Monday with obituary references.
Earlier, SAD MLAs rode tractors to the Vidhan Sabha, but were stopped by police at the Sector 2 roundabout. The usual drama attached with the session was witnessed as SAD MLAs rode tractors; so did Congress MLAs Gurkirat Kotli and Sukhpal Bhullar.
AAP MLAs came to the Assembly wearing black capes.
The AAP MLAs staged a dharna in the Well of the House, demanding that they be given copies of the Bill against the farm laws to be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha.
High drama was witnessed outside Punjab Bhavan as Akali MLAs led by Bikram Majithia tried to enter to brief the media.
They raised slogans against the Congress government for being stopped outside the Bhavan, calling it a sham exercise and demanded copies of the Bill.
Some MLAs scaled the gates and forced their way inside the Bhavan. Manpreet Ayali, Pawan Tinu and NK Sharma forcibly entered the Bhavan.
The Congress, through Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, moved a motion to include the names of all farmers who had died in the ongoing stir. Their names were included and the House paid obeisance to them, along with to nine others.
The House was later adjourned for an hour.
SAD leader Bikram Majithia told media that they chose tractor as a vehicle associated with farmers to mark their protest against the farm laws.
Before going into the House, Akalis burnt copies of farm laws outside the Vidhan Sabha.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the session after long.
Meanwhile, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar tweeted: “Punjab Vidhan Sabha should pass a unanimous resolution condemning the humiliating treatment meted out to the farmers representatives by Modi government in Delhi. In doing so BJP has insulted not just the farming community but Punjab itself”.
Punjab Vidhan Sabha should pass a unanimous resolution condemning the humiliating treatment meted out to the farmers representatives by Modi government in Delhi. In doing so BJP has insulted not just the farming community but Punjab itself.
— Sunil Jakhar (@sunilkjakhar) October 19, 2020