SLAMMING THE BJP government in Haryana for not reacting to Punjab government’s “threats on Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal” and the adverse impact of the Jat agitation, members of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Congress walked out of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha Swarna Jayanti Sammelan.
As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Haryana formation, a function was organised by the government in Panchkula on Thursday where all former MPS and MLAs of the state were invited. While addressing the gathering, Leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha, INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala lashed out at the government for not responding to the “threats of Punjab government on SYL”.
“The day Haryana kicked off the golden jubilee celebrations in Gurgaon, a similar event was held by the Punjab government in Amritsar where BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were present. The Punjab Chief Minister said he will not give even one drop of water from SYL to anyone. He added that the water was their right and they were not begging for it. It has been three days since the statement was made. Till now, no one from the Haryana government has criticised Punjab for it,” he said. “Not only the Punjab government, but also the senior leaders of the BJP, who heard all this quietly, should be criticised. We were demanding that the PM announce that Haryana would get its share of water from SYL. This did not happen even though he calls Haryana his second home,” added Chautala.
He further stated that they were expecting the government to announce 50 new schemes. Instead, the latter was spending Rs 1,700 crore only on celebrations. “If this is the case, then we will go to every village and tell people that the government was splurging their hard-earned money on celebrations. The farmers have been looted by getting less MSP and Fasal Bima Yojana,” said Chautala before walking out with his partymen.
Congress MLA Geeta Bhukkal, in her speech, sought a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the violence that erupted during the Jat agitation.
“Punjab government says they will not give a drop of water from SYL to Haryana. In the interest of our farmers, we should also take a stand. Punjab ki eint se eint baja denge. All parties should work together in the state’s interest. The BJP government should make this point forcefully.”
Bhukkal added, “When the state was burning, social ties were breaking, the PM did not think it necessary to even send a tweet or make one comment. It was total failure of the BJP government in the state. It was the failure of constitutional machinery of the state. An investigation should be done by a sitting SC judge.” Following her speech, the Congress, too, staged a walkout.
CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, “Since ours is a democratic country, the Supreme Court verdict on SYL has to be accepted. The present government had vigorously pursued the SYL case and got the hearing fast-tracked in the Supreme Court on the presidential reference, which had been pending for the last 10-12 years. Any other inter-state issue could be resolved through mutual dialogue. But the interests of Haryana will remain supreme.”
Urging the opposition not to politicise the celebrations, Khattar said Rs 1,700 crore was earmarked for various development works through the year and the amount could go up to Rs 5,000 crore.