The Amarinder Singh government plans to brief all MPs from the state on the need for Central funding to provide subsidy to farmers on Wednesday as stubble burning is becoming a sore point between Punjab and Delhi. The issue will be on agenda of the meeting, so that the 13 Lok Sabha and 7 Rajya Sabha MPs from the state can highlight it in Parliament. No dates for the Winter Session of Parliament have been announced as yet.
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The meeting, which is likely to be attended by state parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra instead of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, will discuss the issue of crop residue management. But, the CM’s absence may lead to thin attendance at the meeting. The much-hyped meeting, which was being seen as a platform to express his discontent by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa, will also have Congress MPs among absentees. The SAD has already announced its MPs will not attend it. Bajwa said he will miss it too, as the CM will not be there. “I am dismayed by the fact that the government has handled the meeting this way, even though I was looking forward to raise issues of the state with him. I wanted to raise the issue of sugarcane prices and action against Akali leaders. It is a convention that the CM attends such meetings.”
Another Congress Rajya Sabha MP, Shamsher Singh Dullo, may boycott the meeting for the same reasons, said sources. Dullo too does not enjoy a good equation with Amarinder. His phone was switched off on Tuesday evening. There was speculation that another Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni may not make it to the meeting. Bur, party’s Lok Sabha MPs, including state president Sunil Jakhar, will be there.
Bajwa has been making statements that he wants to raise the issue of action against SAD leaders as Congress had promised to do so during its poll campaign. With little headway in this direction, Bajwa earlier said that he had even offered to resign in a letter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
The meeting was originally scheduled for November 6 and later it was rescheduled for November 14 and then 15.
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