Punjab, Haryana should resolve SYL issue amicably: BJP union minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Tomar was in Jalandhar ahead of the visit of national BJP President Amit Shah on November 20.

By: Express News Service | Jalandhar | Published:November 15, 2016 5:32 am
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With the BJP caught in a piquant situation over the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, the party’s Punjab election affairs in-charge and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Monday that Punjab and Haryana should resolve the issue amicably.

Tomar was in Jalandhar ahead of the visit of national BJP President Amit Shah on November 20. Shah is supposed to chair a meeting of party leaders and take stock of his party’s preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

Asked to clarify BJP’s stand on the SYL issue at a press conference today where he was accompanied by state BJP chief and Union minister of state Vijay Sampla, Tomar said water was a state subject and both the states should resolve it through mutual talks and that there was no need of Centre’s intervention in it.

Reminded that the SAD-BJP government in Punjab had already declared they would not share a drop of water with Haryana, Tomar just repeated that the two states should resolve the issue amicably.

Sampla too tried to duck the question on the issue and said, “Let us talk on other issues.”

Asked about contesting elections along with SAD, he said there was no doubt about about the SAD-BJP alliance.