AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi termed the dharna by Congress inside the Assembly here as “mockery of democracy”, and alleged that the key opposition party has “failed miserably” to perform its role on the floor of the House.
“Instead of insisting on discussion on the key issues on the floor of the House, during the last session of the current Vidhan Sabha, Congress preferred to enact a drama of dharna inside the Assembly to catch the attention of media, which is highly deplorable,” he said.
“The entire Punjab has witnessed how Congress failed to engage the ruling parties into meaningful discussion. Congress MLAs wasted public money by keeping themselves busy in enacting drama of dharna by staying two nights inside the Assembly,” Ghuggi alleged.
“However, they even failed to impress the media, which also highlighted them in poor light,” he claimed.
Ghuggi said it is the opposition parties’ duty to intervene, discuss and interrogate the ruling parties, but Congress’ behaviour indicates it has a “tacit understanding” with the ruling SAD-BJP alliance which is in a “haste” to pass the 20 key bills.
“Even the draconian Prisons (Punjab Amendment) Repeal Bill was passed by the Assembly without any discussion,” Ghuggi alleged adding, “It aims at letting loose the criminals right before the assembly elections under the garb of parole to create fear among voters.”
“State Congress chief Amarinder Singh raised hue and cry in the media on the issue of Khalsa University, but in the assembly Congress MLAs did not utter a single word to oppose the Bill allowing enactment of the University,” Ghuggi alleged.
He also said that the CAG report on “violation of norms” by the state government while sanctioning private universities in the state is a serious issue and needs discussion.