Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal regretted the announcement of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders to “gherao” his residence on May 16, saying it would be an undemocratic and forcible act.
“I have personally waged struggles all my life in defence of democratic values. But I see no honesty and seriousness behind the move of the AAP in announcing a gherao of my residence. Their eyes are merely on newspaper and television headlines,” Badal said in a statement here.
He said his “doors have always been open” for everyone to discuss any issue concerning Punjab for finding constructive, meaningful ways for the betterment of the people of the state.
“The biggest issue facing the people of the state at this moment is that of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. The river water is the lifeline of the state. On this depends not only the present and future of the farmers but also of the entire economy of the state and therefore the welfare and prosperity of every Punjabi,” Badal said.
But, he said, it was disgraceful how the AAP continued to indulge in “doublespeak on the SYL issue. He said the AAP leaders in Punjab should march to Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in Delhi to ask him to stop betraying Punjab on the SYL in the Supreme Court.
“Why is Kejriwal still unwilling to support Punjab on the river waters issue. Is this a proof of his love for Punjab?” Badal questioned.