Khuian Sarvar (Fazilka): Punjab Congress, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, on Sunday dared the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to quit the Assembly and face the Congress in assembly elections, which he said should be held next month itself to prevent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from further vitiating the atmosphere of the state.
Addressing a rally here on the Abohar-Ganganagar National Highway, close to Abohar – the tail-end of SYL, Amarinder vowed to protect the last drop of the state’s water, declaring that not a single drop would be allowed to leave the state till their last breath.
The rally was attended by Punjab Congress vice presidents Sunil Jakhar and Manpreet Badal, Indian Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, former MP Santosh Chowdhary, party MLAs Preneet Kaur, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, Karan Kaur Brar, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Guriqbal Kaur Babbli, Joginder Singh Panjgrain and Parminder Pinki, PPCC vice president Gurpreet Kangar, former legislator Harpartap Singh Ajnala, PPCC general secretary Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia, senior party leaders Gaganjit Barnala and Gurjeet Aujla.
Reacting to the chief minister’s assertion that he was ready to face the bullet in order to protect the water of Punjab, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said that Badal had, even back in 1984, made such claims but when the time came to fight for Punjab he went into hiding in his farms in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the people of Punjab to fend for themselves.
Punjab Congress chief also promised to get all alleged scams against the ‘power that be’ in the state thoroughly probed once the Congress came in power so that they could be punished for plunging the state into turmoil and despair.
Referring to the controversial Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, Captain Amarinder said Badal was misleading the state on the issue by making fraudulent claims on scrapping it.
He reiterated his demand for the establishment of a new Tribunal to assess the quantum of water availability with Punjab.
He also lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for failing to clarify, even three days after the SYL verdict, whether or not he stands with Punjab on this vital issue.
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