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Resolutions passed in Punjab assembly irrational, miss key point on SYL: Captain

Terming the resolutions passed in the special session of Punjab assembly irrational and illogical, state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday hit out at the Parkash Singh Badal government’s refusal to acknowledge that the state has no surplus water.

punjab Updated: Nov 17, 2016 01:30 IST
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File Photo)

Terming the resolutions passed in the special session of Punjab assembly irrational and illogical, state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday hit out at the Parkash Singh Badal government’s refusal to acknowledge that the state has no surplus water.

“Punjab simply cannot give water to its non-riparian neighbours at any cost. But for some inexplicable reasons, the Akali government’s resolution is completely silent on this key issue. The crude attempts of the Akali government to brush this critical aspect of the SYL matter under the carpet is shameless in its resolution, which was blatantly in violation of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1955. All pre-independence precedents, as cited in the resolution, had been overruled by the Act of 1955, which categorically laid down that all water sharing would be free of cost. Since that was a central legislation, you would need to take the centre’s permission before trying to negate it,” he said.

The Badal government also seemed to have “deliberately” kept its resolution on recovery costs “ambiguous”, said Amarinder, adding that the resolution makes no mention of future water sharing. “By seeking royalty for water shared with other states with effect from 1966, the Akalis had laid the foundation for making similar demand for water sharing in the future. In any case, how the recovery of past water costs going to resolve the problem triggered by the Supreme Court verdict in the SYL canal case?” he questioned.

The former CM sought the central government’s intervention in the matter and asked it to present the real facts of the case before the Supreme Court.

He termed another Akali resolution passed in the special session a “farce”, given the fact that the government had on Tuesday de-notified the SYL land acquisition. “What do they mean then by saying that the state government should not give the SYL land to the Centre or any central agency, when there is no SYL land left now, in the wake of the the De-notification Bill?” he questioned.

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A Punjab Congress delegation led by Amarinder Singh will meet chief election commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi in New Delhi on Thursday morning and urge him to take all possible steps to ensure that the assembly elections are held in a free and fair manner. The Congress will also reiterate its demand for imposition of President’s rule in the state. The party has already demanded imposition of the poll code of conduct. Amarinder will also lead a delegation of Punjab Congress MLAs to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on the SYL issue on Thursday evening.