U-turn on SYL to be political suicide for Kejriwal: Majithia

  • PTI, Kathu Nangal
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2016 21:39 IST
Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia (HT File Photo)

Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “no politics on water” comments, saying his “u-turn” on Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal will be “political suicide” for him.

“During his Punjab visit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener had categorically said that SYL canal should not be completed, but after returning to Delhi, Kejriwal changed track thereby hurting the feelings of Punjabis,” he claimed.

The Delhi CM’s comments on Friday had come a day after Haryana irrigation minister O P Dhankar, in a letter to Kejriwal, said his state won’t be able to continue supply of water to Delhi as he stood against the interests of farmers and people of Haryana.

“Kejriwal has always indulged in opportunistic politics, and such people will never do anything good for Punjab,” Majithia alleged.

“Only Punjabis can take care of the state’s rights and the people having specialisation in opportunistic politics and double standards can never understand the depth of various issues relating to Punjab,” the minister said.

Distributing a grant of Rs 29 lakh for development works in Bhullar and Haans villages, Majithia said SAD will fight the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab on the issue of development and claimed they would register a “historic hat-trick of victories”.

“We are fully confident that the people of Punjab once again will extend their wholehearted support to the party and pave way for a record third-time SAD-BJP government in the state,” he said.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal have ensured overall development of rural and urban areas with special emphasis on building world class infrastructure, making the state power surplus and ensuring that benefits of welfare schemes reach the targeted populace, Majithia said.

On Rahul Gandhi’s claim of having “patriotism” in his blood, the minister said that he does not want to comment on the Congress vice-president’s personal feelings but the “reality” is that people have “rejected the Gandhi family-led Congress and it has been limited to just 45 Lok Sabha seats.”

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