Will fast unto death if SYL issue not solved: Sunil Jakhar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2016 15:49 IST
Senior congress leader Sunil Jakhar addressing the media in Jalandhar on Thursday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Claiming to save Punjab’s water, senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said he will fast unto death if chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not get ‘assurance’ from prime minister Narendra Modi on the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) issue in a week.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Jakhar said the CM was create a smokescreen over his bid to disturb the hard-earned peace of Punjab on the SYL issue by encouraging people to get ready for sacrifice.

“Badal must get an assurance from the Prime Minister that the Centre will not go against Punjab’s interest on SYL. If he fails to do this, then Badal should quit and snap ties with the BJP,” he said, adding, “I give a week’s time to Badal. Otherwise, I will fast unto death.”

The Congress leader, also chief spokesperson of Pradesh Congress Committee, said if Badal was so serious about the SYL issue, he should have raised it with the union water resources minister Uma Bharti when he met her a couple of days ago or he should have talked to PM Modi, during his visit to Punjab. “But he did not utter a word as his aim is not to look for a permanent solution. His only aim is to create tension in the state so that SAD gets maimum benefit out of it in the coming polls,” said Jakhar.

Jakhar also said instead of taking steps that work in Punjab’s favour, Badal was appealing to people on radio, newspapers and his own channel to be ready to make any sacrifice on the SYL issue.

“The CM aims to do as Pakistan’s ISI wants – disturbing the peace of Punjab,” he added, calling him the ‘weakest CM’ of Punjab.

However, Jakhar had no answer when asked whether PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh was also planning to fast unto death on the SYL issue, and said “there was no need for that”.

He added that the party was planning to move the election commission of India to take action against AAP for using the picture of the Golden Temple on an election manifesto.

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