Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has asked the governments at Centre and in Haryana to take all necessary steps to prevent any violation of Punjab’s borders by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which has threatened to march into the state to start SYL digging on February 23.
Reacting strongly to INLD leader Abhay Chautala’s provocative statement that his party workers were ready to force their way into neighbouring Punjab from Ambala, with or without permission from the district administration, Captain has demanded action by Haryana government against INLD to prevent the eruption of an inter-state crisis.
Chautala’s inflammatory statement has the potential of further escalating the tension already triggered by the ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana, said Captain Amarinder, asking the central government to also initiate stern measures to maintain law and order.
With the code of conduct still in place in Punjab, and elections in progress in some other states, the Election Commission (EC) should also take note of the development and direct the Centre to intervene in order to ensure that peace is maintained at all costs, said PPCC president.
He also asked the SAD-BJP led Punjab government to protect the state’s borders from any infringement. It is time now for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to prove his self-proclaimed commitment to protecting the interests of Punjab, said the Congress chief ministerial candidate.
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