PUNJAB Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron-in-Chief Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday said that for SAD “no price is too high to safeguard every drop of Punjab’s waters”.
The CM said “Punjab does not have a single drop of water to spare from its rivers and his party will fully ensure that there is no compromise on the inalienable rights of the state under the Riparian principle”.
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Badal further said SAD would not even shy from waging a political struggle to safeguard the interests of the people.
The water-sharing issue between Punjab and Haryana has taken centrestage once again as BJP-led Centre government took a pro-Haryana stance during a Supreme Court hearing on Monday.
A five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court began hearings on the presidential reference pertaining to Punjab Termination of Agreements Act 2004. The Bill, terminating water-sharing agreements of Punjab with neighbouring states, was passed when Capt Amarinder Singh was chief minister, jeopardising the construction of the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who appeared on behalf of the Centre, told the Bench that the Centre stood by the Supreme Court judgements that the canal should go ahead. The next hearing is on March 8.
Congress has trained its guns on the ruling SAD-BJP combine, questioning its role on the issue of water sharing with Haryana. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder has slammed BJP and alliance partner SAD for “betraying and compromising Punjab’s interests in the Supreme Court”.
Aam Aadmi Party, too, has raised the issue.
Meanwhile, Badal also urged the opposition parties not to act in a manner that “weakens the state’s case by vitiating the atmosphere through needless statements aimed only at gaining political publicity”.
“Every Punjabi, including the Opposition, must speak in one voice on the issue, as we had done in 2004. All political parties must follow the example set by SAD” said Badal.
The Punjab BJP leadership, too, has said that they would impress upon the Centre that Punjab had no extra water to share with Haryana.