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On SYL, AAP ignorant of legal, constitutional niceties: Capt

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said it was not possible to withdraw the presidential reference on rivers waters of Punjab

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2016 20:55 IST
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Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh.(HT File Photo)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday that it was not possible to withdraw the presidential reference on rivers waters of Punjab.

He was reacting to the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that Modi government must withdraw Presidential reference on river waters, on the sidelines of ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme at Nangal.

He said the AAP was “ignorant and unaware” of the legal and constitutional niceties as after the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canalmatter was referred to the Supreme Court by the President of India and the PM could hardly play any role. He said the AAP, instead of trying to stick to its ambiguous stand on the issue, should clearly and categorically come out in support of Punjab

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“How it is possible to withdraw the Presidential reference when the Supreme Court had completed the hearing and judgment has been written,” Capt said.

He said AAP leader HS Phoolka was a “small” criminal lawyer, who did not know anything, adding that he shot to fame only because he fought cases of 1984 Delhi riots victims.

The former chief minister rejected the meagre 38 paise per unit reduction in power tariff for the industrial sector, saying it was just inconsequential and a big joke on the industry.

In reply to a question Amarinder said he was not in touch with Navjot Singh Sidhu or Pargat Singh or Inderbir Singh Bolaria. He said he had made his offer to them through the media only, saying they were welcome to join the party as all the three had strong old Congress connection.

Amarinder said once Congress formed the government, the entire Kandi belt (Rupnagar to Gurdaspur) will be developed as an industrial hub.

‘Sand mafia robbing state of Rs 5 cr a day’

Referring to the open plundering of the riverbeds, he said the sand mafia was robbing the state of Rs 5 crore per day income and announced that it will be probed. Amarinder also announced that the collection of toll on various roads needed to be examined, reviewed and rationalised.

Later, the PPCC president also addressed a gathering at Bunga Sahib. PPCC vice president Rana KP Singh, former minister Ramesh Dutt Sharma, District Congress Committee president Sukhwinder Singh also spoke on the occasion.

(with PTI inputs)