Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 4
Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu and Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Badal on Wednesday engaged in a verbal spat outside Parliament over the issue of passage of farm laws.
Both the Akali Dal and Punjab Congress MPs were standing outside Parliament protesting against farm Bills when suddenly Bittu and Badal started trading barbs over the issue of passage of the legislations.
While Bittu accused Badal of aiding the passage of farm laws and being a part of the Cabinet that approved the Bills, the former union minister lashed out at Bittu saying the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha and helped in the passing of Bills.
“You were part of the Cabinet that approved the farm bills and are today engaging in dramatics on the issue,” Bittu said to Harsimrat.
An infuriated Bathinda MP hit asking where were Sonia and Rahul Gandhi when the Bills were being passed?
The entire Congress walked out of the House helping easy passage of the Bills, said Harsimrat.
Bittu later again attacked the Akali Dal asking where was their president Sukhbir Singh Badal while the Parliament and Kisan Sansad was on.
“He is holding press conferences elsewhere and not coming to Parliament to raise farmers issues,” said Bittu as the two parties squabbled.
Punjab MPs of Akali Dal and Congress were both holding placards to demand repeal of farm laws.
The political parties have been going out of their way to show solidarity with farmers after the farm unions earlier declared they would assess the performance of MPs on farm issues and then determine the support in elections. Punjab elections are due in 2022.
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