Jalandhar: BJP Punjab affairs in-charge Narendra Kumar Tomar on Monday said that Punjab and Haryana should hold ‘talks’ over Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue for an amicable solution.
Tomar accompanied by Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said that SYL case was a subject between two states and after the Supreme Court judgment, it was imperative for Punjab and Haryana leadership to sort it out amicably.
The senior BJP leader, who is also Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, however dodged queries on Central government’s intervention in sorting out the matter.
Tomar also evaded queries on the special assembly session called by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to discuss SYL canal issue in Vidhan Sabha on November 16.
When specifically asked to comment on Punjab, Haryana and Centre having BJP-led governments and still the SYL issue was a bone of contention, the minister preferred to evade a direct reply.
On the announcement of candidates, the BJP leader said that there was enough time to announce the candidates. “The BJP high command would take into account the recommendations made by the party leaders. Party high command would decide the final date and announcement would be made,” he said.
To a query that whether the BJP Punjab leadership would seek reshuffling of some assembly seats and increase its number of seats, Tomar said that all these issues would be taken up with the party high command.
It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab BJP has 23 seats in its kitty under seat sharing formula with its alliance partner SAD, which contests on 94 seats in the state.
Meanwhile, Tomar highlighted that BJP National President Amit Shah was visiting Jalandhar on November 20 for state level booth leaders meet. “The booth level workers meet concluded recently. Amit Shah would chair a meeting of the state level booth leaders. Party workers had been directed to gear up for assembly election campaign,” he added.