Chandigarh: Punjab Congress has termed resolution passed on SYL Canal issue by Badal government in special session of Assembly irrational and illogical. The Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh has flayed the government’s refusal to acknowledge that state had no surplus water to `either buy or sell.’
In a communication, former Punjab Chief Minister said that Punjab simply cannot give water to its non-riparian neighbours ‘at any cost,’ pointing out that state was itself facing acute water scarcity that question of sharing water did not arise.
“But for some inexplicable reason, Badal government’s resolution is completely silent on this key issue,” he said, dismissing as shameless the crude attempts of Akali government to brush this critical aspect of SYL Canal matter under the carpet.
Lashing out on government for not mentioning acute water scarcity in the state, its consequent inability to share SYL canal water, he said that Badal government’s resolution was blatantly in violation of Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1955.
Capt Amarinder added that by seeking royalty for water shared with other states (w.e.f 1966), Akalis had laid the foundation for making similar demand for water sharing in the future.
“In any case, how recovery of past water costs is going to resolve the problem triggered by Supreme Court verdict in SYL canal case,” he asked CM Badal.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to corner Badal government on SYL issue and apprehending disturbance during Assembly Elections, Punjab Congress will meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Chief Election Commissioner of India today.
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