Claiming that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal is firm on stand that Punjab has no water to spare, party candidate from Majitha Himmat Singh Shergill alleged that the Delhi chief minister’s reply on the SYL issue at Majitha on Wednesday was distorted.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Shergill alleged that media reports were distorted. “We reiterate our stand that Punjab water cannot be shared. Our party is not in favour of allowing Punjab waters to go outside the state.”
“Kejriwal had also said water was Punjab’s property and in no case he will allow injustice to be done to the state,” he said, adding that he would like to remind that on Wednesday, Kejriwal had clearly stated that Punjab not only has full right over its water and is not in a position to spare it for any other state. Targeting the media, Shergill claimed that “Kejriwal was about to sit in car and he spoke something which was distorted.
When asked do people of Delhi have the right over Punjab water, Kejriwal had on Wednesday said: “Bilkul hai ji, sab kuch hai. Sabka haq hai (definitely, everyone has the right).”
Shergill said it was a known fact that the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress were responsible for conceiving and inaugurating and then constructing the SYL canal. “Now both these parties have joined hands to malign the AAP. Parkash Singh Badal had acquired the land for the SYL canal and thereafter Capt Amarinder Singh inaugurated it along with late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,” said, Shergill.