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Punjab has no water to spare, says Captain Amarinder Singh

Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said Punjab didn't have a single drop of extra water to spare for other states, including Haryana.

punjab Updated: Jul 09, 2015 08:28 IST
Harkirat Singh
Harkirat Singh
Hindustan Times
Punjab,Parkash Singh Badal,Captian Amarinder Singh

Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said Punjab didn't have a single drop of extra water to spare for other states, including Haryana.

"Come what may, we are not going to let anybody take a single drop of water from our state", the former chief minister said while addressing a well-attended mass contact rally at a marriage palace in the Attari assembly constituency on Wednesday.

Referring to a recent statement of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar that he will press for the completion of the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), Amarinder said northern states, including Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, were getting water as per water-sharing agreements inked in 1955 and 1977 and there was no extra water in Punjab to spare for anybody.

"We can neither afford nor allow even a single drop of water to flow out of our state", said Amarinder, adding that during his tenure as the chief minister he had annulled all past water agreements and even now he will not fail to taken legal recourse if the need arose.

Questions Punjab CM's leadership qualities

Flaying chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for not responding to Khattar's statement, the Amritsar MP said Badal neither had the guts nor the ability to question the claims of his Haryana counterpart on water sharing.

"He (Badal) doesn't possess the necessary leadership qualities or else he would have reacted to Khattar's statement", he added.

Badal's leadership qualities were also questioned by Sunil Jakhar, Congress legislature party (CLP) leader in the Punjab assembly, in his speech. Drawing a comparison between Amarinder and Badal, Jakhar pointed out that the "Punjab CM's love for power" prevents him from speaking up for the rights of Punjab's people.

"However, Maharaja sahib (Amarinder) did not bother about his chair or his party, which was in power at the Centre, when he annulled all past water agreement during his tenure. But Badal will never do such a thing as he wants to cling onto power and does not want to annoy Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the BJP", Jakhar claimed.

Amarinder also questioned Badal's silence over the proposed move by the central government to do away with the minimum support price (MSP) regime. He suggested that the chief minister should approach the Prime Minister to ensure that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) does not stop purchase of wheat and paddy on MSP.

Issues strict warning to Majithia

Addressing a meeting of Congress workers at the Majitha grain market, Amarinder promised to make revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia "pay for the atrocities that he and his men had committed against Congress workers, particularly in the Majitha assembly segment, which the minister represents."

Amarinder said he (Bikram) will not be able to enter Majitha when the Congress comes to power after the 2017 assembly polls. "This is democracy and not dictatorship…Your time is up. The countdown has begun and you will soon run for cover as I will make you pay for all your sins and excesses you committed on our people," said Amarinder.

Amarinder also took a dig at Majithia's sister and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for her allegations that the Congress MP's family had money stashed in foreign banks. "Tell me where is the money, and I promise, I will give you all that money", he said.

First Published: Jul 08, 2015 21:17 IST