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AAP starts ‘morcha’ at SYL site, vows to save Punjab water ‘at all costs’

The AAP leaders held both Akali Dal and Congress responsible for the controversy surrounding the SYL Canal, and claimed that the party will resolve the issue if it forms the next government in Punjab. However, there was no word how the party will achieve that. The party leaders also didn’t answer queries regarding AAP convener Arvind Kerjiwal’s silence on the issue.

punjab Updated: Nov 11, 2016 23:49 IST
AAP leader Sanjay Singh with party workers near Kapuri village in Patiala on Friday.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh with party workers near Kapuri village in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday opened a ‘morcha’ for indefinite period at Kapuri village and vowed to go to any extent to save the interests of Punjab on the water-sharing issue.

The AAP leaders held both Akali Dal and Congress responsible for the controversy surrounding the SYL Canal, and claimed that the party will resolve the issue if it forms the next government in Punjab. However, there was no word how the party will achieve that. The party leaders also didn’t answer queries regarding AAP convener Arvind Kerjiwal’s silence on the issue.

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Prominent leaders of the AAP who addressed the gathering, included state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich, Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, Jarnail Singh, HS Phoolka, Sukhpal Singh Khairaa, Kanwar Sandhu and others.

Waraich said Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder was responsible for the SYL Canal accord, and he was now shedding crocodile tears to get political mileage. “If Captain Amarinder is serious on protecting the water of Punjab, he should resign from the Congress,” Waraich said, adding that Captain should ask his “boss” Rahul Gandhi to clear his stand on the issue.

“It is unfortunate that Rahul Gandhi has hailed the opinion of Supreme Court on the SYL issue, and on the other hand, his party MLAs have resigned from Punjab assembly. Doesn’t that show the double standards of the Congress?” he said.

The AAP leaders said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal must clarify the stand of the BJP on the issue as Modi-led central government took anti-Punjab stand in the Supreme Court. “If Badal is serious, he should sever political ties with the BJP and instruct his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal to resign from the Modi’s cabinet,” said Sanjay Singh.

The leaders said they launched the ‘morcha’ to assure the farmers that the party was with them and won’t allow the canal.

Supreme Court lawyer and AAP leader HS Phoolka said, “Punjab is not bound to adhere to the opinion of the Apex Court. If Punjab is forced to give water to any other state, it will happen on the bodies of farmers and AAP leaders.”