Pathankot: Accusing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of “misleading” people over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue, Punjab Congress Legislature Party Chief Charanjit Singh Channi today asked him to convene a special session of the Assembly over the “sensitive” issue.
Channi, who was addressing party workers here, also questioned Badal’s denial regarding the notifications issued by his government in 1978 to acquire land for the canal.
“Badal is suffering from selective amnesia or is a habitual liar who has been misleading the people over the years on the sensitive issue of the SYL canal,” he said.
“It was the Badal government that issued the first notification for the acquisition of land for this canal. It was the Akali Dal that made the commitment as part of the Punjab accord to complete the construction of this canal. Can Badal also deny the fact that he signed the pledge ratifying this accord to get Assembly ticket for 1985 election,” he questioned, adding “his latest lie was his claim of having amended Section 5 of of the Punjab Termination Agreements Act, 2004.”
Channi asked the Chief Minister to substantiate his claim about this amendment by producing the relevant record or apologize to the people of Punjab.
He also slammed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the alleged intelligence failure in the Pathankot terror attack.
“This has been now established from the inputs given by the USA to India that Pathankot attack was masterminded by Pakistan and the repeated alerts by the central government agencies were ignored by the Punjab police that’s why the Pathankot happened,” he said.
Channi sought “reinvestigation” in the role of SP Salwinder Singh in Pathankot attack, questioning “why was he let off by the central investigating agency.” The Chamkaur Sahib MLA also attacked the government over “deteriorating law and order situation in the state.” PTI
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