AAP protest march on May 16: Badal to stay put at home

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 16, 2016 10:11 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal (HT File Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has cancelled all his engagements scheduled for Monday, including a sangat darshan at Dirba, in the wake of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) plan to gherao his residence.

“The chief minister will remain available at his residence to receive any responsible political leader or representatives for discussion on any issue concerning people of state,” said Badal’s adviser on national affairs Harcharan Bains on Sunday.

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Referring to reports on AAP’s protest march, Bains while quoting the chief minister said, “This party had already delivered the most treacherous betrayal to farmers of the state by backing out on the SYL issue. They can’t now pretend to be sympathisers and supporters of the farming community”.

The chief minister has said the intention of AAP leaders had been not to undertake any serious exercise for the welfare of Punjab but to divert people’s attention from the “betrayal by the party on the SYL issue”, said Bains.

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The AAP had first declared that the waters of Punjab rivers belonged to the state. However, the Delhi government, represented by the party, filed an affidavit against Punjab’s plea in the Supreme Court, he said. The AAP government changed their stand again when they were forced to withdraw that affidavit because of opportunistic electoral considerations, he added.

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