Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has termed the stand of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Capt Amarinder Singh on mass resignation of Congress MLAs in case of adverse judgment on the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal as a political gimmick.
“The Congress men were distributing laddus and applauding with joy when the foundation stone of the SYL was laid,” Badal said, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a sangat darshan at Bhadaur constituency near hear on Wednesday.
“Why did they not announce resignations when Indira Gandhi had initiated digging of the canal?” the CM questioned Amarinder’s move.
“The Congress leaders are trying to attain martyr status by lacing their baby finger with blood. Elections are round the corner, so talking of resignations at this juncture is just meaningless,” he said.
“When Indira Gandhi was laying the foundation stone of the SYL, the Akali leadership was courting arrest for safeguarding interests of the state,” Badal said, adding, “Captain can’t just run away from the onus of being hand in glove in a conspiracy to deprive the state of its water.”
Criticising the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Badal said AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal hailed from Haryana so he was inclined towards safeguarding the interests of his state.
“An affidavit by the Delhi government, which is headed by AAP, in the Supreme Court on SYL issue is unconstitutional and anti-national.
The Kejriwal government has submitted in the court that the stance of Punjab on SYL could disintegrate the nation,” said Badal.
“Kejriwal has no affection with Punjab or its people and his sole intention is to wrest political power in the state to benefit his native state,” said Badal.
N ot aware of scrapping of waters Act Clause 5: Sukhbir
Barnala: Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Wednesday that he was not aware of the scrapping of Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act (PTAA), 2004. However, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced at a sangat darshan in Nakodar that the government had scrapped the clause.
Sukhbir was speaking to mediapersons after a cheque-distribution function at Aur town of SBS Nagar district.
The CM had claimed that scrapping the clause was part of the party’s objective since 2007. It required Punjab to maintain the existing level of river waters supply to Haryana and Rajasthan.
On the AAP’s demand for approaching the Prime Minister to withdraw Presidential reference from the Supreme Court in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue, Sukhbir said the matter has now reached the court, so let it decide as it is a matter of three states.