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Akali, BJP leaders demand longer Assembly session 

Chandigarh: A SAD-BJP delegation today urged Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh to extend the winter session to debate major issues, including the “friendly” match being played by the Congress government against AAP by not presenting a supplementary challan against Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Khaira; farmers’ woes; non-implementation of poll promises; introduction of PCOCA; and stoppage of development works.The delegation, which was led by former minister Ajit Singh Kohar and senior BJP leader Som Parkash, asked the Speaker to take note of Khaira’s summoning by a Fazilka court as an accused in a trans-border drug case.Later, ex-minister Bikram Singh Majithia told mediapersons that the delegation had asked the Speaker to extend the sittings of the winter session from three to at least 10. He said the SAD-BJP alliance wanted to discuss the plight of farmers, who had been betrayed by the government by its failure to implement loan waiver.Majithia said the SAD-BJP wanted the government to make the contents of the proposed PCOCA (Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act) public. “There is a widespread feeling that this will result in putting constraints on personal freedom and liberty. The government should call an all-party meeting to discuss the same, besides holding meetings with the civil society,” he added.The delegation said the government must tell the House why all development works had been stopped in towns and villages and why grants sent for the same had been recalled.

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