Accusing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his alliance partner BJP of “doublespeak” on the SYL issue, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced to embark on a march along the SYL route to “expose how the Badals and BJP were going against the interests of Punjab”.
In a statement, Amarinder said, “While the NDA government at the Centre, of which the BJP and Akali Dal are part and parcel and Badal’s daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal is a cabinet minister, has taken a stand in the Supreme Court that is clearly against the interests of Punjab, Badal and the BJP here (in Punjab) claim that they have not a drop of water to spare.”
Warning that not only would the entire Malwa turn dry and barren, Amarinder said it might also lead to a serious law and order situation in the state as it involved sentiments of Punjabis.
He advised the chief minister and his BJP partners to go to Delhi and meet the Prime Minister while assuring his party’s full support and cooperation for saving and safeguarding Punjab’s waters.
Prashant Kishor in Punjab
The Congress is looking forward to countering the challenge of the Aam Aadmi Party’s aggressive campaigning in the state, including visits of AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his army of volunteers, during meetings with poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who will arrive in Chandigarh on Friday. Prashant will meet top Congress leaders, including Amarinder, to discuss the party’s poll strategy and assess the election scene in the state.