With the Supreme Court verdict on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue looming over the poll-bound Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders from Patiala district submitted a memorandum along with copies of resolutions passed by over 700 panchayats to the deputy commissioner Ramvir Singh, claiming that the party would not allow sharing of Punjab waters with neighbouring states in any situation.
The memorandum was addressed to President and Prime Minister.
Tuesday’s political drama by party’s local cadre was culmination of similar events that were held in other districts. Patiala was last to follow since it was here in Kapoori village that the construction of 214km SYL canal began in 1982.
Party’s district coordinator Charanjit Singh Brar told mediapersons that this land was a gruesome reminder as how the then Congress Prime Minister Indira Gandhi dug the ground to mark the construction of the canal in presence of Captain Amarinder Singh. “If there is any attempt in future to take away our water, we will go to any extent to thwart the move,” he said.
He further said that since large course of the canal runs from Patiala district, it would host party’s state wide agitation and ready to sacrifice in case of any eventually.
Before submitting the memorandum to DC, the SAD leaders took out a march from Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib to mini secretariat that was joined by large number of party workers.
Led by cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, others leaders who joined the march were party’s MLA from Ghanaur Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur and Shatrana MLA Varinder Kaur, besides its halqa incharge of other assembly segments Satbir Singh Khatra (Patiala Rural), and Bhagwan Das Juneja (Patiala Urban). Patiala city Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj and youth Akali Dal leader Harpal Juneja were also present.
Rakhra told HT that in its memorandum, the party has appealed the Prime Minister and President’s office to solve Punjab’s water crisis through riparian law, which is international yardstick to allocate water among those who possess land along its path.