Speaking on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal reiterated here on Thursday that the SAD-BJP government will not allow a “single drop” of water to go out of the state.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that the interests of Punjab are not affected on the SYL issue, which is a matter of life and death for the farming community of the state,” Sukhbir said on the sidelines of sangat darshan (public meeting) programme held at Suhelewala village in his assembly constituency on Thursday.
Indirectly hitting out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said the government would not tolerate any mischief-mongers and “such elements would be dealt with strictly”.
The AAP stirred a controversy when it released its youth manifesto earlier this week, and on its cover page placed its symbol, the broom, next to the Golden Temple. AAP leader Ashish Khetan also said the manifesto was as sacred as religious texts to the party. He is currently facing the case in this regard, although he has apologised for it.
Earlier, Sukhbir announced to construct a new canal at the village for irrigation, besides sanctioning grant of Rs 10 lakh for a community hall, Rs 6 lakh for a stadium, Rs 3 lakh for a pond, and Rs 2 lakh for a cremation ground at Janisar village.
He also laid the foundation stones for roads and water supply projects at the villages Chak Dhab Khushhal Joyian, Chak Dhab Khushhal Joyian-1, Chak Araiyanwala and Araiyanwala.