The three-day Punjab Assembly session began on Monday with the House being adjourned after obituary references. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal accused the Congress government of running away from debate rather than owning up to its failures.

In a statement here, the SAD president said it was shocking that legislative business in the ongoing session had been curtailed from three sittings to two.

“The SAD had submitted a memorandum to the Speaker demanding the session be extended to discuss emergent issues. The Speaker had assured he would look into the demand. However instead of doing this the business advisory council of the Assembly, which is packed with Congress nominees, decreased the number of sittings  from a meagre three to two,” Badal said.

This proves that the government does not want to discuss any of the issues listed by the SAD, including a discussion on the crisis in the farm sector, breakdown of law and order, withdrawal of all social welfare facilities and non-fulfillment of all promises made to farmers, youth and unemployed, he added.

Asserting that such an anti-democratic attitude did not behove any responsible government, the SAD president said the SAD-BJP alliance was not even consulted on the issue.

Badal said despite such blatant attempts to suppress the voice of the people and its representatives, the SAD would relentlessly expose the government and take up people issues vigorously in the session.

“We will not let the government escape from its responsibilities and ask it to explain to Punjabis why they deceived and betrayed them and failed to deliver on each and every front,” he added.