Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday said Punjab government was exercising its “constitutional right” to bring a Bill in the assembly on Monday to de-notify and return 5,376 acres of land acquired for the SYL canal to the owners.
“It is our legal right as per the Constitution to bring a Bill in the Vidhan Sabha and we are just exercising that right,” SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said.
Cheema said ‘The Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal (Rehabilitation and Re-vesting of Proprietary Rights) Bill, 2016’ will be tabled in the state assembly on Monday for passage.
On political parties in Haryana requesting governor Kaptan Singh Solanki not to give his assent to the Bill, the SAD spokesman said, “Governor has the constitutional duty to perform and we are using our legal right.”
Reacting sharply to the allegation that the Bill was “unconstitutional”, Cheema said, “The Bill cannot be termed as illegal or unconstitutional. Punjab cabinet has cleared the draft of the Bill and the opinion of legal remembrancer (LR) is attached,” the state education minister said.
Talking to reporters at Rupnagar, Cheema hailed chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s decision to de-notify the land acquired for the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal and return it to the farmers.
“The historic decision of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to return the land to the farmers has saved Punjab from becoming a desert,” said Cheema.
Cheema indicated that SAD would highlight the government stand on SYL canal issue during Hola Mohalla celebrations at Anandpur Sahib. “People wanted to thank chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the historic decision. They (Badals) would be honoured on the occasion of Hola Mohalla,” he said.
He said that the Congress party was responsible for ‘injustice’ with Punjab over river water-sharing. He said PPCC chief Amarinder Singh was shedding crocodile tears on the issue as there photos showing him welcoming the then prime minister Indira Gandhi at the time of ground-breaking ceremony for the canal in 1982.
(WITH AGENCY INPUTS )