CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Assembly's Budget session starting here on Monday is likely to be stormy with the opposition set to train guns on the BJP government over various issues, including the ongoing Jat stir and SYL canal.
The session will commence with the address of Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, an official spokesman said today. The budget for 2017-2018 is likely to be presented on March 6 and the session is to continue till March 10, officials sources said. However, the Business Advisory Committee of the Haryana Assembly will take the final call in this regard.
The Jat reservation issue is set to figure prominently in the forthcoming session as the community members have been agitating for nearly a month in support of their various demands. Besides seeking quota in education and government jobs under the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) category, their demands include the release of those jailed during last year's stir, withdrawal of cases and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured.
The INLD, the main opposition party in Haryana, and the Congress have come out in support of the agitating Jats this time and have asked the government to meet their demands. While senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala recently addressed sit-ins being staged by the Jats at several places in the state, former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the Khattar government should fulfill the promises made to the community last year.
"The government should fulfil the promises it made to them (the Jats)," Hooda said, accusing the BJP government of "again mishandling the whole issue". Both the Congress and the INLD are drawing up strategies to take on the ruling benches on the issue. Haryana was on the boil for nearly a fortnight in February last year due to the Jat agitation, during which 30 people were killed and property worth crores of rupees was destroyed at many places by miscreants.
The opposition is also set to raise the SYL canal issue. On Thursday, a group of INLD leaders and workers led by Chautala tried to march into neighbouring Punjab to dig its portion of the SYL canal. However, the march was foiled by the Punjab Police.