Chandigarh: Upping the ante on the SYL issue, the Punjab Congress on Friday announced a massive action plan to protest against the Badal government’s failure to protect the interests of Punjab on the SYL issue, even as party MLAs, shouting anti-Modi and anti-Badal slogans, formally tendered their resignations from the state Assembly.
The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) met at the Assembly to discuss the fallout of the Supreme Court verdict on the SYL matter and decided on its plan of action to rescue the people of Punjab from the crisis resulting from the court judgement.
Congress leaders and workers will burn effigies of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in all the 117 Assembly segments of the state on Saturday, while on Sunday, the party will hold a rally at Abohar – the tail-end of the SYL canal – to highlight the Akalis’ mishandling of the case in the court, causing untold misery to the people of Punjab. The CLP entrusted the task of organizing the rally, which will be attended by all party MPs and MLAs from Punjab, to PPCC vice president Sunil Jakhar.
It was also decided by the CLP to seek a meeting with the President of India to apprise him of the problems that will be faced by the people of Punjab as a result of the court’s verdict.
Pointing out that the SYL verdict would seriously affect the lives of lakhs of people of Punjab, the CLP demanded the establishment of another tribunal to assess the amount of water to which the state currently has access. It reiterated that under the riparian principles, Haryana had no right to the Satluj river water.
Accusing Badal of selling off the interest of Punjab and its people, the CLP noted that the Akali government had completely failed to save Punjab’s water and had deprived the people of the state of their rightful dues. The CLP further noted that while ignoring the interest of the people, Badal seemed to have forgotten that his own constituency and village would also go dry as a result of the water crisis triggered by the SYL verdict.
Announcing the CLP decisions, Captain Amarinder told the media later that the party had decided to go to the people of Punjab on the issue and seek 2/3rds majority in order to be able to come out with the requisite legislation to give them justice.
After the meeting, the party MLAs went to the Speaker’s room to hand in their resignation letters. In the absence of the Speaker, Charanjit Singh Atwal, who failed to turn up, the MLAs went and sat in front of the empty chair in his room to wait for him, before finally handing over their resignations to the Secretary, Vidhan Sabha.
Independent unattached MLA Rajnish Babbi was also present to tender his resignation papers as a mark of support for the Congress campaign on the SYL issue.
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