Punjab Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Spend Night In Assembly Over Farm Bill

Punjab: In visuals, the MLAs are seen sitting cross-legged on the premises of the assembly building

Punjab AAP MLAs said they would spend the night at the assembly in protest over farm bill

Highlights

  • They demanded the draft of a new law on agriculture
  • Punjab is looking to counter the effects of the centre's new farm laws
  • All three controversial farm bills were at centre of huge political storm
Chandigarh:

MLAs of the opposition Aam Aadmi Party spent the night in the state legislative assembly building in protest against the Captain Amarinder Singh government not sharing the draft of a new law on agriculture.

In visuals, the MLAs are seen sitting cross-legged on the premises of the assembly building. They demanded the Congress government to share with them the draft copy of the proposed law to be introduced in the assembly on Tuesday.

Several AAP MLAs had sat in the well of the house till late on Monday, demanding the copies of the draft bill.

Punjab is looking to counter the effects of the centre's new farm laws in the state level by using state laws as much as possible.

"AAP will support the legislation against the farm laws but the government should supply us with its copies. We haven't got copies of other bills as well. How can our legislators discuss and debate important issues?" Leader of Opposition and AAP leader Harpal Cheema said, news agency PTI reported.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, which recently left the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance over the centre's farm laws, said the bill should have been introduced in the assembly on Monday.

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Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the assembly session for the first time since his resignation from the state cabinet last year.

On his YouTube channel, Mr Sidhu described the centre's farm laws as a "brutal attack" on the federal structure.

He sought an assured minimum support price and government procurement of crops. The Congress leader said the centre talks of doubling farmers' income, but is taking away the only assured income.

"These black laws are a brutal attack on India's federal structure. They impinge upon the democratic powers of people of Punjab vested in the state government… to legislate upon the issue of agriculture which comes under the state list," Mr Sidhu said.

All three controversial farm bills that were at the centre of a huge political storm and cost the ruling BJP its alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal, became laws on September 29 with the signature of President Ram Nath Kovind.