Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday attacked Aam Aadmi Party leadership for adopting “double standards” on the Sutlej Yamuna (SYL) canal issue and asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to clear his stand.
“Kejriwal owes an answer to people of Punjab as to what was the stand of his party on this emotive issue concerning every Punjabi,” he told the gathering at a Sangat Darshan programme in Lambi assembly segment.
He said it was the most important issue concerning the people of the state and AAP should tell whether they want this canal to be constructed or not.
He also claimed that Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was misleading the people by “shedding crocodile tears” over this issue but had welcomed the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for performing the ground breaking ceremony of this canal.
He said SAD had opposed the construction of this canal since its inception. “We are ready to make any sacrifice but construction of SYL will not be allowed to take place at any cost.”
He also said his government was committed to ensure smooth, hassle free procurement of the crops.
The CM also said the process of disbursing compensation to farm labours engaged in plucking of cotton crop in the region would also be completed soon.