SYL row: Congress, AAP trying to turn Punjab into desert, says CM Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 15:11 IST
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a sangat darshan programme in Muktsar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday again raked up Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue and targeted Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, saying that both parties want to turn Punjab into a desert.

Talking to mediapersons during sangat darshan programmes in Muktsar villages, the chief minister bracketed Congress and AAP as ‘‘anti-Punjab’’ forces and told that Congress had earlier illegally given Punjab’s water to Haryana, Rajasthan and other states.

Condemning the stand of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on SYL issue, Badal said the new affidavit which the Delhi government had filed in Supreme Court was merely a political stunt and Kejriwal’s anti-Punjab stance was reflected in the first affidavit itself wherein the AAP leader had termed Punjab’s stand on SYL as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘anti-national’.

The chief minister said that Kejriwal belongs to Haryana and it was natural for him to have soft corner for the state and that’s why it would not be wise to expect him of taking Punjab’s side.

He also announced that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would contest forthcoming Punjab assembly elections on issue of peace, harmony and the development.

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