AAP-led Punjab govt to bring resolution in state assembly to oppose Agnipath scheme

Rajesh MoudgilUpdated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 08:48 PM IST
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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann | ANI Photo

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday said that the state government would soon bring a resolution in the assembly to oppose the Agnipath scheme of the NDA government at the Centre.

Mann said that Agnipath is a whimsical move of the NDA government which would destroy the basic fabric of the Indian Army. He was replying to the issue raised by leader of the Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa during the zero hour.

The chief minister said as per the said scheme, ironically, the 75% of youth who would be serving the country at the prime of their youth, would not get any pension or other benefits after their four years stint.

Stating that the state government vehemently opposed this move of the Union government, Mann said the House would soon bring a resolution to oppose this.

However, the BJP legislator Ashwani Sharma opposed the move stating that the House was being misled on the issue. There were heated arguments between the treasury benches and Sharma on the issue.

DIN OVER MUKHTAR ANSARI ISSUE

The House also saw heated arguments later when the jail minister Harjot Singh Bains accused the erstwhile Congress government of giving VIP treatment to gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari while keeping him in a Ropar jail on a fake police case.

Bains alleged that Ansari was lodged in the Ropar jail under a fake FIR for 2 years and 3 months. It may be recalled that Ansari was shifted to Uttar Pradesh's Banda jail in 2021.

Alleging that Ansari's wife was also staying in the same jail with the mafia-turned-politician, the AAP cabinet minister Bains asked Congress as to who would pay the lawyers’ bills - of Rs 55 lakh – which was due and added why should the incumbent regime pay the bills?

However, Daring Bains to prove his charges, Congress legislature party (CLP) leader of Pratap Singh Bajwa refuted the claims and held that since the Cabinet minister had put these allegations on the floor of the House, he would have to either prove these charges or resign from his post.

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