Major issues not discussed in Punjab assembly: CPI

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Chandigarh, Sep 11 (UNI) The Punjab unit of the CPI today claimed that the monsoon session of the state assembly failed to discuss, debate and find remedies to burning issues like unemployment, rising prices, collapse of the rural education system and health care and the problem of the flood affected people and callous and apathetic attitude of the state government and administration.

In a joint statement issued here today, Dr Joginder Singh Dayal, member National Executive, Com Bhupinder Samber, state Secretary of the party and Hardev Arshi, a former MLA said that no doubt the session was historic as it removed a member from the House for the remaining part of his tenure, but the basic issues confronting the masses were not taken up in the assembly.

The House also did not debate the 'murder of democracy' during the the Panchayati Raj Institution polls that were held in the state recently. the statement said. Increasing police atrocities, rampant corruption at all levels and other problems related to the industrial and agrarian sectors were not debate in the assembly.

The CPI leaders said that the Congress, the major opposition party had also not taken up the these issues with that seriousness which these deserved. The SAD-BJP combine has either out-beaten the Congress by frightening them and nailing former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh or the opposition itself was not serious about the problems confronting the people, they stated.

Commenting on the explusion of Capt Singh, they said that the CPI has no sympathy for any person but it (expulsion) should not look a personal political vendetta case. The entire case needed to be looked at very seriously and efforts should be made to uphold the dignity of the highest offices of democratic institutions or else people would loose faith in democracy, they stated.

The Communist leaders said that for the last 10-12 years, the leaders of both the major parties of the state holding highest posts of goverance remained under clout. They demanded that a Judicial Commission should be set up to bring to book the culprits as Punjab today has become a state of the land and drug mafia.

The CPI welcomed both the Acts passed by the assembly on granting official status to the Punjabi language. The party demanded strict vigilance and action for its implementation as there was resistance from certain quarters.

All should work whole heartedly for the development and promotion of Punjabi language, Punjabi culture and Punjabiat, the statement added.

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