INLD hits out at Congress, BJP for ‘doublespeak’

The INLD has given an ultimatum to the Central government till February 23 for getting Haryana’s share of water failing which it will start digging of the canal on its own.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 15, 2016 5:35 am

In a meeting of its state executive Monday, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) passed a resolution condemning both Congress and BJP over their different stands of in Punjab and Haryana on the issue of Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.

The INLD has given an ultimatum to the Central government till February 23 for getting Haryana’s share of water failing which it will start digging of the canal on its own.

INLD members were of the opinion that the Centre should ensure the canal is constructed and Haryana receives its share of water as per the recent orders of the Supreme Court.

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Abhay Singh Chautala, Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, said BJP and Congress should clarify their position on the SYL issue. “The two parties are saying two different things in Punjab and Haryana. In Punjab, in the presence of senior BJP leaders, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he would not let a drop of water go to Haryana. During the Assembly session, we had demanded that the resolution to condemn this be brought against the CM as well as the others on the stage. This was not done by the state government,” he said.

Chautala said that while Congress MLAs in Punjab had tendered their resignations and said they would not let water from Punjab go to Haryana, here they were making claims of sacrificing anything to get Haryana its share.

The INLD has also given an ultimatum to the BJP-led government at the Centre to get Haryana’s share of water by February 23. Chautala said, “Either the Centre should get Haryana its share of water by February 23 or the INLD will go to the Punjab and Haryana border and start digging work on its own. We will ask people of the state to join us. The Centre should clarify whether it is with Punjab or Haryana.

SYL is the lifeline of Haryana and we will get our share of water.”

A delegation of INLD will seek an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee and take up the issue of implementation of the SC decision.

Chautala said while BJP government in Haryana was seeking credit for the decision in the SC, the first decision came in 2002 when O P Chautala was the CM.