Centre unlikely to intervene in Punjab-Haryana water dispute

  • PTI, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 23:48 IST

The Centre is unlikely to intervene in the ongoing dispute between Punjab and Haryana on sharing of water through Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal anytime soon saying the governor has adequate Constitutional options to resolve the issue.

Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is officiating as governor of both Haryana and Punjab, has adequate constitutional provision to resolve the crisis, Union home ministry officials said.

The governor can sit indefinitely over the bill passed by the Punjab assembly to de-notify the land acquired for the SYL and its restoration back to the farmers or send the legislation to the President.

“Punjab has to obey the Supreme Court order as it has no option else it amounts to breakdown of Constitution. However, whatever Punjab is doing looks like political posturing ahead of the next year’s assembly elections,” a senior home ministry official said.

If Punjab refuses to comply with the Supreme Court order to maintain status quo on land meant for the canal, it “will amount to breakdown of Constitution leading to imposition of President’s rule,” the official said.

Officials also discounted the possibility of any violence on the issue as there are enough Central forces stationed in both Punjab and Haryana to deal with any situation arising out of the dispute.

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