Punjab, Haryana must resolve SYL canal issue ‘academically’: Amit Shah. BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday joined the ongoing dispute over Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, asking the two states Haryana and Punjab to resolve the controversy ‘by the book’.By Ignoring the SC ruling, the then Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in 2016 went on to bring an SYL de-notification bill as several party workers leveled up the parts of 214-km long incomplete. A controversy had erupted last year after a constitution bench of the Supreme Court had ruled that Punjab could not and should not have taken a ‘unilateral’ decision to terminate the agreement with Haryana.
While the Punjab governor V P Badnore had withheld the assent to the bill, the SC too had stayed the filling up of the canal by the the SAD government. Shah’s comments now assume significance as only last week the BJP-led government in Haryana had rejected Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s offer for an out-of-court settlement during a meeting of northern states chaired by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.“Mujhe lagta hai sabhi log vidhyatmak roop se sochkar iska samadhan karenge (I believe that the two states will academically resolve the dispute),” said Shah, while addressing press in Chandigarh.
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