Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala on Saturday said party youth workers will stop Punjab roadways buses, state officials and politicians on National Highway 1 at Haryana border on July 10, over their demand to construct Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal.
Terming its as a “symbolic protest”, Chautala said the decision in the context was taken at a party executive committee meeting here, which decided to disallow the said vehicles from going out of Punjab towards New Delhi. However, the workers will not stop private vehicles, he said.
Hearing on the SYL issue will be resumed in the Supreme Court on July 11.
INLD workers will give people moving in private vehicles a rose flower and a handbill, urging them to ask Punjab government to construct the SYL canal, which it has not constructed for the past 50 years, he said.
On the venue of protest, Chautala, who was accompanied by party state president Ashok Arora, said it was yet to be decided whether it would be around Rajpura-Ambala border or further on the Ambala-Delhi NH 1 (also called GT road).
He further said, “The party has also decided to demand Rs 25,000 compensation for wheat crop per acre in the fire cases.” He flayed recent announcement of agriculture minister OP Dhankar to give Rs 12,000 per acre.
He said the state government failed to lift mustard crop in time, due to which farmers had to sell off their crop for about Rs 3,200 a quintal, bellowing the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 3,700. He said the INLD will demand from the ruling BJP government to improve power and water supplies, because of which farmers were facing hardships.
Chautala said as Delhi government had adopted dissuading tactics for INLD workers protesting for SYL canal at Jantar Mantar, the party has now decided to start dharna at sub-divisional levels in their respective assembly constituencies and submit memorandum to their respective deputy commissioners, from May 1.