All 42 MLAs of the Congress party in Punjab on Friday resigned from the membership of the vidhan sabha. In the absence of speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal, they handed over resignations to his office staff.
The party also announced state wide protests starting with a public rally from Suian Sarvar village in Abohar area, of south west Punjab.
The resignations were tendered as a mark of protest over Thursday’s adverse Apex Court ruling on agreements act 2004 – that annulled all inter-state agreements relating to Ravi-Beas water.
Before handing over of the resignations most of MLAs attended a lengthy meeting addressed by Punjab Pradesh congress committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh, in which the pros and cons of the move were discussed.
Some of the MLAs were of the view that Akali-BJP is holding a special session on November 16 and their absence may go against the party.
“Our stand is clear, we are with Akali-BJP government in case they do anything in the larger interest of Punjab, though I have no hope from them. Our stand is clear, once the MLAs of our party have decided to resign they would not attend the vidhan sabha,” announced Amarinder, who had quit the Lok Sabha on Thursday, immediately after the Apex Court’s verdict.
Amarinder announced to start state wide form November 13, with a public rally in Suian Sarvar a village in Abohar area of the south west Punjab.
“This area would become a desert incase water flows into SYL, taking water from Punjab into Haryana,” said Amarinder. He put the blame on Akali Dal led Punjab government for failing to protect the rights of state.