Cong, AAP conspiring to rob Punjab of river waters: Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 19:31 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during Sangat Darshan at Bathinda on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are jointly hatching a conspiracy to turn Punjab into a desert by snatching its river waters.

Speaking on the sidelines of a sangat darshan here on Wednesday, Badal said, “Both the parties are bent on ruining the state and are inimical to its development and prosperity of its people. For this they are constantly making plans to deprive Punjabis of their river waters.”

Lashing out at the AAP over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Badal termed the recent affidavit filed by Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government as a political stunt saying the AAP is suffering from the same “anti-Punjab syndrome” as that of the Congress.

Badal said Kejriwal’s “anti-Punjab mindset” had already been exposed in the earlier affidavit, which termed Punjab’s stand as “unconstitutional” and “anti-national”.

“Kejriwal hails from Haryana and is naturally inclined to safeguarding its interests; nothing good for Punjab can be expected from him. Kejriwal has no affection for Punjab or its people and his sole intention is to assume political power in the state,” Badal said.

Badal claimed that the Congress had signed various agreements to deprive the state of its river waters. “States like Haryana, Rajasthan and others were illegally given water from the state’s share by the Congress,” he said.

‘Wards represented by Cong, independent councillors ignored’

Two Congress and an independent councillor of Muktsar accused the district administration of ignoring their wards in development works.

Congress workers from Ward No 8 also raised slogans against the chief minister but were shooed away by police.

Tejinder Singh Brar, councillor from Ward No 3, said the government should rise above political considerations to ensure overall development of the town. “What is the point of excluding three wards from the programme prepared by the district administration? Even local MLA Karan Kaur Brar was not invited to the event,” Brar said, adding that the sangat darshan was hijacked by the SAD’s local unit.

Badal announced Rs 25 crore for upgradation and revamp of power infrastructure, Rs 38 crore for a water supply project and Rs 10 crore for the sewerage system in the town.

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