Abohar: Hitting out at the Badalgovernment over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the SYL issue, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today vowed to protect the last drop of the state’s water.
Addressing a rally at Khuian Sarwar village near Abohar, the tail-end of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, he asked SAD MLAs to quit the Assembly and said the state polls should be held next month itself to prevent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from further “vitiating” the atmosphere of the state.
He vowed to protect the “last drop” of Punjab’s water, and declared “not a drop will be spared” till their “last breath”.
On the Chief Minister’s assertion that he (Badal) is ready to face the bullet in order to protect Punjab’s water, Amarinder alleged that in 1984, Badal had made such claims but when the time came to fight for the state he went into hiding, leaving the people to fend for themselves.
He also alleged that the Chief Minister has “destroyed” the state out of “sheer personal greed” and cannot be allowed to remain in power.
Asserting that implementation of the SYL verdict will “finish off” the 2 lakh families and 2 lakh agricultural labourers who farm 10 lakh acres of land in the state, Amarinder alleged that SAD had 10 years to battle the case in the court effectively but failed to do anything.
“They (SAD) were only interested in creation of Punjabi Suba in order to rule a Sikh-dominated region for their vested interests,” he alleged.
“Why did Badal not tell the court that Punjab had no water to spare, with all the glaciers having melted,” the state Congress chief asked and reiterated his demand for the establishment of a new tribunal to assess the quantum of water available with the state.
Referring to the controversial Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, Amarinder alleged Badal is misleading the state on the issue by making fraudulent claims on scrapping it.
He accused Badal of playing with the sentiments of the people and alleged that removal of the clause would not be acceptable to the BJP-led Central government, of which SAD is a part.
Political temperatures have risen in Punjab after the Supreme Court held as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by Punjab to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh. PTI
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