A Punjab Congress delegation, led by state party chief Captain Amarinder Singh, has urged President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the central government to consider the ground realities and the availability of water in the state before taking any action on the advice of the Supreme Court on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.
All Punjab Congress MLAs, along with several central party leaders, called on Mukherjee on Thursday evening, to seek his urgent intervention in the matter. The party leaders warned of the possible outbreak of violence in the state, where the situation was “extremely fluid and tense” following the SC verdict.
Later speaking to mediapersons, Amarinder accused the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab of further “inflaming passions” and aggravating the situation with its irresponsible actions, including the passage of the two “illogical” resolutions in the state assembly. Describing the special session as an eyewash, he said if the Badal government was serious about resolving the SYL issue it should have brought a proper bill in the House.
Punjab Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi told Mukherjee that the resolutions passed by the Akalis in the assembly on Wednesday were totally “unconstitutional”.
In a memorandum to the President, the party cited figures to claim SC’s conclusions were “neither borne out of the country’s Constitution nor are these based fully on facts and changed ground realities”.
Cong delegation meets CEC, seeks early polls
State Congress leaders also met chief election commissioner (CEC) Naseem Zaidi and demanded snap polls in the state under the President’s rule and immediate imposition of the code of conduct to ensure free and fair elections.
They told the CEC that the political and law and order situation in Punjab was deteriorating under the Badal government.
Amarinder said the CEC had assured them of all possible steps to ensure free and fair elections in the state and accepted the party’s demand that electronic voting machines (EVMs) be brought from outside Punjab for the assembly polls due early next year.
Punjab Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Jakhar demanded snap polls, saying extraordinary situations demanded extraordinary steps and it was important to take strong measures to prevent Badal and his deputy CM son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, from making use of their muscle and money power.