Aam Aadmi Party Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh on Wednesday said that during his visit to Punjab, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had clearly stated that he was against the construction of the SYL canal since Punjab did not have adequate water for its own consumption and irrigation.
“Now, it is up to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make their stand clear on the issue,” Sanjay told media here. He said Kejriwal had rightly said that Punjab didn’t have adequate water to irrigate its own agricultural fields and the level of the groundwater had also gone down.
When reminded that Kejriwal was speaking against the interests of his own state, Haryana, Sanjay said Kejriwal was not speaking against any state. The AAP is not indulging in politics over the issue like the others, he said.
Sanjay said the people of the state, especially in Malwa, are suffering from water-borne diseases like cancer due to polluted groundwater. In this situation, if Kejriwal had opposed the SYL, then it is out of sheer concern and not politics, he added.
Sanjay said the issue is always brought up near the elections and is ignored after. He said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who notified the SYL and started the construction work, is now trying to get political mileage by
‘SEPARATE GOVERNOR FOR PUNJAB’
AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said it is illogical and funny that while speaking in the Punjab assembly the same governor talks of no additional water, but in Haryana he says that the Punjab government’s stand is constitutionally wrong. He said the Centre should immediately appoint a separate governor for Punjab.