Badal refuses to oblige Cong on debate on fiscal position

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Chandigarh, Dec 18 (UNI) Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not accede to the Opposition Congress demand for debating the financial health of the state in the Vidhan Sabha.

''Your demand for discussions on the supplementary demands can be debated in the Budget Session which will come up in another two months,'' the Chief Minister said when the Congress members demanded that the supplementary demands of various departments as projected in the Budget this year should be discussed in the House.

The Opposition raised this demand immediately after Question Hour and after Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon called for a discussion on the report of the Business Advisory Committee curtailing the number of sittings of the House in the onging winter session.

The Opposition members were on their feet with Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleging that the government was following the politics of vendetta against opponents.

Mr Khaira claimed that the government had to withdraw 31 cases registered against the Congress workers in Bholath constituency represented by him. He cited a memorandum that the Congress had given to the State Governor on the 'false' cases being registered against party workers.

Congress leader Ripjit Singh Brar claimed that three senior IPS officers who were posted in the districts had opted for another posting due to interference by SAD leaders. The Speaker intervened at this point to restore order in the House.

At this juncture Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal pointed out that the issues raised by her party colleagues were of vital importance and these should be discussed in the House. She referred to her party's demand for a White Paper on the fiscal health of the state as these reports would speak for the government which is facing a financial crunch.

''The government has failed to fulfill the promises made to the people,'' she added while citing a glaring mistake in the Shagun Scheme which had omitted members of the minority Muslim community from the list of recipietants.

The Chief Minister intervened at this point and assured the House that the Muslim families would be included in the Shagun Scheme, which involves giving a financial aid to SC/BC families for the marriage of their daughters. He regreted the omission which was not deliberate.

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