Winter session of Punjab Assembly begins tomorrow

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Chandigarh, Dec 16 (UNI) The week long winter session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha commencing here tomorrow is likely to generate a lot of heat with a 'rejuvinated' Congress taking the SAD-BJP government to task on various issues including the fiscal condition of the state.

The opposition Congress which had been on the backfoot in the last Budget Session has already indicated that it would reiterate its demand for a White Paper on the financial health of the state.

In the last session all the salvos that the opposition fired were effectively countered with the treasury benches blaming the previous Congress government for the fiscal mismanagement.

The Congress would demand a statement from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal who is reported to have expressed his opposition to providing free power to the farming sector and giving other subsidies.

'Politics of vendetta' another charge of the opposition which figured prominently in the last session is again going to be highlighted on the floor of the House. The Congress has prepared a list of the 'false' cases registered against its party leaders and workers.

On the law and order front, the opposition will definately rake up the issue of installation of slain Damdami Taksal chief Jarnail Singh Bhinderwales potrait in the Sikh History Museum in the Golden Temple complex by the SGPC. Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has already stated that this issue could lead to a law and order problem in the state.

The issue will also be highlighted to embrass the BJP an electoral partner of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which has also opposed the potrait installation. The opposition will also demand a statement from the government on the Shingar cinema bomb blast in Ludhiana in October which left six dead and 33 injured.

During the session the government will also bring forth certain bills including the Police Reform Bill and a bill banning the publication of the Guru Granth Sahib by private printing houses.

Meanwhile SAD=BJP legislative group will meet here this evening to decided the strategy to be adopted during the session. The Congress has called its legislative wing party meeting tomorrow immediately after the assembly adjourns after obituary references.


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