Chandigarh: Chief patron of Shiromani Akali Dal and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday reiterated that Punjab ‘does not have a single drop of water to spare’ for any other state and that in fact Punjab’s farmers are themselves facing acute water shortage because of the fast receding sub soil water level in the state. “There is no water to be allowed to flow through the SYL and not a single drop can be allowed to flow through SYL, and none shall be allowed.”
Referring to statements of some leaders, Badal said that political parties and leaders in Punjab and Haryana should refrain from indulging in gimmicks for cheap publicity at the expense of peace and stability in the state. “No one needs entertain any fears or doubts about the interests of the state being compromised as long as long I am here. The commitment of the SAD-BJP government to protecting the interests of Punjab and Punjabis on this and every other issue is total and inviolable. There is no need for anyone to show false bravado on the issue.”
Commenting on the latest situation, Badal said, “There was no question of the construction of the SYL being allowed under any circumstances. And no one will be allowed to take law in his own hands or disturb the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony here. At the same time, I appeal to everyone that nothing should be done to endanger peace or to disturb law and order situation here,” said the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister who flew in here yesterday immediately held a high level meeting with the top civil and police officials in the government to review the situation surrounding the SYL. He has passed strict instructions to ensure that no one is allowed to take law in his own hands. The Chief Minister directed that adequate security arrangements be made to deal with every possible situation on the SYL issue.
“The people of Punjab do not want confrontation with the people of any other state and want only to protect their own rights and interests. A vast majority of the blocks of Punjab is already in an extreme zone of alarm because of the falling water level and the future of farmers is at risk. Punjab is in no position to spare water from its rivers for the neighbouring states and no water shall be allowed to flow through SYL,” said the Chief Minister in a statement here.
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