With Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh giving cold shoulder to his rejoining the Congress, former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh on Sunday fired another salvo on him and questioned, “Why Amarinder didn’t resign in 2004 when the President, at the behest of UPA government, sent the SYL case to the apex court for reference?” He also blamed late prime minister Indira Gandhi for the entire SYL issue and trap the Shiromani Akali Dal in it.
“I was a legislator when Indira Gandhi forced the then Congress chief minister Darbara Singh to sign a treaty by threatening him – either sign the SYL papers or tender your resignation as CM and PPCC president. Darbara Singh buckled under pressure and signed the documents. I am also witness to the event along with the then minister Kanshi Ram, with whom Darbara Singh had discussed the issue in my presence,”, said Bir Devinder in a press release.
“Indira Gandhi intentionally entrapped the Akali leadership on the waters issue at the time of reorganisation of Punjab in November 1966,” he asserted.
“Instead of doing theatrics like resigning from the Lok Sabha, and taking political mileage out of it, Amarinder must clarify that the Presidential reference to the apex court was sent by the President at the behest of the UPA government, led by Dr Manmohan Singh. I wonder, why Amarinder did not take up the issue then with the central government and resign from the post of the CM,” he said.
“As we go into the details on SYL, one can easily sum up that that the ill-conceived sense of vengeance of Congress against Punjab is the root cause of all the troubles of Punjab. Why Amarinder is feigning ignorance about all these facts of betrayal against Punjab?,” he said.
Bir Devinder, who was sacked from membership of Congress in April 2016, also advised the Congress MLAs to attend the upcoming special assembly session. “Collective resignation of the Congress legislators from the assembly offers no solution to the river waters dispute between Punjab and Haryana. They should rather attend the special session to discuss the situation.”