Soon after the Supreme Court passed its verdict on sharing of water from the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal by states including Punjab and Haryana, Punjab leaders took to social media to condemn the decision.
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, “(I) have resigned from the Lok Sabha in protest of the SC verdict on SYL. The entire CLP (Congress legislature party) stands with me as we continue our fight for Punjab.”
All the party MLAs quit their Assembly seats in wake of SYL verdict & in protest against the injustice meted out to the people of the state— Punjab Congress (@punjabpcc) November 10, 2016
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted,
For Punjab SYL is not just an emotive issue but a matter of survival as Punjab is an agrarian state. #AkalisAgainstSYL— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) November 10, 2016
Our stand on the SYL issue is clear that we won't allow a single drop of water as it is the lifeline of our farmers. #AkalisAgainstSYL— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) November 10, 2016
Punjab revenue and rehabilitation minister Bikram Singh Majithia tweeted, “Not a single drop of Punjab’s water would be allowed to drain out to another state, as the water flowing from its soil is ours.” He further tweeted:
Punjab Govt. is utmost vigilant to safeguard this crucial lifeline of the Punjab economy. We won't give out our waters. #AkalisAgainstSYL— Bikram Majithia (@bsmajithia) November 10, 2016
I call upon the masses to join hands with the Punjab Government to safeguard the precious treasure of the state-its water. #AkalisAgainstSYL— Bikram Majithia (@bsmajithia) November 10, 2016
Aapna Punjab Party (APP) president Sucha Singh Chhotepur tweeted:
Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted,
Heartily welcome today's landmark Supreme Court verdict on SYL water sharing agreements. A hugely positive step for the people of Haryana!— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) November 10, 2016
Many leaders also commented on Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh, doubting his intentions behind his resignation from the Lok Sabha.
Aam Aadmi Party leader and Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka tweeted:
Badal compromised wd rights of Pb- Modi-Badal govt should have withdrawn reference from SC.But Badal didn't force Modi.Badal govt sud resign— H S Phoolka (@hsphoolka) November 10, 2016
#ShameOnCong - Resignation of Capt is a drama , He was with Mrs. Gandhi when SYL started. Capt should quit cong if he is sincere with PB.— H S Phoolka (@hsphoolka) November 10, 2016
I Challenge @capt_amarinder for debate on SYL. Please stop playing wd rights of Pb. Shameful-AICC has welcome SYL verdict. Resign from Cong.— H S Phoolka (@hsphoolka) November 10, 2016
Sangrur AAP MP Bhagwant Mann tweeted that Punjab does not have water — neither for the crops, nor for drinking. “In fact, now even the tears of Punjabis have dried out. Politicians should have mercy on us.”
ਪੰਜਾਬ ਕੋਲ ਕੋਈ ਪਾਣੀ ਨਹੀਂ..ਨਾ ਖੇਤਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ,ਨਾ ਪੀਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ..ਬਲਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਤਾਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਅੱਖਾਂ ਚੋਂ ਵੀ ਰੋ-ਰੋ ਕੇ ਪਾਣੀ ਮੁੱਕ ਚੁੱਕਿਐ..ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀਏ ਰਹਿਮ ਕਰ! pic.twitter.com/hQqIPsckHR— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) November 10, 2016
AAP suspects that Akali-Cong combine along with the BJP connived to unsettle the situation in Punjab due to SYL - the timing says it all— Kanwar Sandhu (@SandhuKanwar) November 10, 2016
What good is amarinder's resignation from the parliament? He never even went there! Maybe he should resign from going to his palace instead!— Kanwar Sandhu (@SandhuKanwar) November 10, 2016
AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu further tweeted, “Indira Gandhi initiated it-Amarinder followed through.Badal helped acquire the land-Devi Lal praised him for it. Is Punjab a joke to them?”
Meanwhile, while many AAP leaders tweeted on the issue, Delhi chief minister and AAP convener chose to retweet them instead of commenting himself on the issue.
.@capt_amarinder challenged AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to clarify his stand on the SYL issue in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict.— Punjab Congress (@punjabpcc) November 10, 2016