Majithia asks Kejriwal to return Punjab water cost before coming to state
Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to release full payment of water received from Punjab before coming to the state to seek support for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).punjab Updated: Nov 17, 2016 20:28 IST
Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to release full payment of water received from Punjab before coming to the state to seek support for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In a statement, Majithia said Kejriwal should respond to the Punjab assembly resolution by releasing the entire water cost Delhi owes to Punjab.
He said Kejriwal, during his recent visit to the state, had stated that Punjab has no spare water to share with its neighbouring states of Haryana or Rajasthan, but after reaching Delhi he took a diametrically opposite stance.
The revenue minister said AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ should organise a ‘morcha’ at the residence of Delhi CM and lift it only when he releases the entire cost of water to Punjab.
Since the AAP morcha at Kapuri, he said, had turned into a flop show, Waraich and his party colleagues can take a flight to Delhi and stage a morcha to get their “partial credibility” restored.
“It is strange that Kejriwal makes one statement while in Punjab and change his stance on reaching Delhi,” said Majithia, while asking how could Punjab trust the AAP leader’s words.
He added, “Such a flickering person is not at all acceptable to Punjabis as his first loyalty is to Delhi and second to Haryana, his home state.”
The minister said the AAP’s demand for “status quo” on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal for the next three months articulated by Waraich during his meeting with Punjab governor was equally shocking. The argument offered by the party in this regard was totally bizarre and preposterous, he alleged.
Majithia also questioned Kejriwal’s “stoic silence” over the Supreme Court verdict on the presidential reference.
First Published: Nov 17, 2016 20:24 IST