Amarinder Singh Thunders – Punjab will not spare even one drop of water
ABOHAR: Addressing a rally at Khuian Sarwar village near Abohar, the tail-end of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singhvasked 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 s ..
Hitting out at the Badal government over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the SYL issue, Captain today vowed to protect the last drop of the state’s water.
All 42 opposition Congress legislators in Punjab on Friday submitted their resignations over the Supreme Court decision on a presidential reference regarding a 2004 law on sharing of the Sutlej-Yamuna river waters.
The Congress also announced a statewide protest on November 13 over what it said was the state government’s failure to represent Punjab’s case strongly in the apex court
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.