MPs’ meeting a damp squib, only 4/20 attend Amarinder Singh’s initiative
The Indian Express
With 16 out of 20 Punjab MPs staying away, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s initiative of getting all state parliamentarians together to take up issues in upcoming session of Lok Sabha turned out a damp squib on Wednesday.
Except three Congress and a suspended MP of Aam Aadmi Party, all others, including the three Rajya Sabha MPs of Congress, stayed away from the meeting. Only recently elected Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar, Amritsar MP G S Aujla, Chaudhary Santokh from Jalandhar and Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, the suspended AAP MP from Patiala, came to attend the meeting chaired by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra.
Congress’s Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu also did not turn up for the meeting that discussed raising issue of Rs 31,000 crore food scam, and railway tracks, especially in Majha region, besides over a dozen other issues. While Shiromani Akali Dal MPs had already made it clear they would not attend the meeting as the CM was himself staying away, even the Congress MPs did not cooperate.