The Haryana Congress, in a meeting held under former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday, demanded that President’s Rule be imposed in Punjab and the construction of the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal be completed. Congress MLAs met Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and extended their support on whatever stand he took for implementation of the Supreme Court decision on SYL. They also demanded a special session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Tuesday’s meeting, in which former and sitting party legislators and party office bearers participated, came a day after the Congress met under party chief Ashok Tanwar.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Hooda said: “Till the time Parkash Singh Badal is the CM (of Punjab), Haryana will not get its share of water. We demand that the SAD-BJP government in the state be dismissed and President’s Rule be imposed in Punjab and the construction of the canal be completed. We will be meeting the Prime Minister and the President with this demand.”
Hooda said that the decision by the Punjab Cabinet to de-notify the land acquired for construction of SYL is contempt of SC’s orders. He said, “Haryana is party to the acquisition of land. The Punjab government cannot de-notify the land on its own. The Congress will stand by the Haryana government and the CM should take a strong stand on the issue. It is now or never. The ball is in the court of the state government. They should act. It is up to the Centre to ensure that the decision of the Supreme Court is implemented.”
Refuting allegations that the Congress was divided, Hooda said in the meeting held under Tanwar too it was decided that the party would fight for Haryana’s rights. He said Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu who is co-coordinator for the Punjab Assembly elections should think about the residents of Haryana.