Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said Punjab would demand royalty from other states for using its river waters if the Supreme Court gave verdict against the state over the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
Interacting with the media on the sidelines of a “sangat darshan” at Badali Ala Singh village of the district, Badal said: “Rajasthan takes royalty for its marble, Bihar for coal and so do other states for their natural resources. Hence, we have the right to demand royalty for our water.” He said if the verdict comes in favour of Punjab, the land acquired for the SYL canal would be given back to the farmers.
Answering another media query that Congress leaders had said that they would resign if the SYL canal verdict comes against Punjab, Badal said that Congress leaders were habitual of self-glorification and often mislead people by boasting of their contribution in the country’s freedom struggle.
“The Congress has always been anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh. Be it Operation Bluestar, 1984 riots or the SYL issue,” he said.