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The decision of the Supreme Court on the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue on Thursday, has given a massive blow to the Punjab government. The SC held as unconstitutional the state government’s law to terminate a water-sharing agreement with other states by constructing the SYL canal on its territory. A five-judge Constitution Bench answered the Presidential Reference, opining that Punjab can not terminate the agreement unilaterally and its 2004 Act was hence unconstitutional.
Several political leaders of both Punjab and Haryana has reacted to this decision of the Supreme Court.
“Everything will be decided either in the core committee or in the Cabinet meet that is to take place (on SYL verdict),” said Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal.
“All MLAs have resigned and will go the assembly tomorrow, and I have sent my resignation to the speaker. I am very disappointed and sad for Punjab because of this verdict,” said Captain Amarinder Singh on SYL Verdict.
“For Punjab SYL is not just an emotive issue but a matter of survival as Punjab is an agrarian state. Our stand on the SYL issue is clear that we won’t allow a single drop of water as it is the lifeline of our farmers,” tweeted Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Punjab Congress leader, Ravneet Singh Bittu, said, “Punjab can’t afford to give even a drop of water, the decision taken is against Punjab and in favour of Haryana.”
“Punjab Congress MLAs sent resignations to Amarinder Singh,will submit to speaker in personal capacity tomorrow,” said Bharat Bhushan, Deputy CLP leader.
Punjab Congress president, Captain Amarinder Singh, has also resigned from Lok Sabha as MP, news agency PTI reported.
On the other hand, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, has hailed the decision of the Supreme Court given on Presidential Reference in SYL case under Section 143 of the Constitution. The Chief Minister said that the Supreme Court has given its decision on this vital issue after a gap of 12 years and as a result of the persistent efforts made by the present State government. He said that this decision of the Supreme Court has brought smile on the face of every Haryanavi because now the State would get its legitimate share of surplus Ravi-Beas waters that is 3.5 Million Acre Feet (MAF). He said that the people of the State had been eagerly waiting for this decision since long but it kept lingering on because of laxity of the previous governments. This, he said, is a gift to the people of Haryana in the golden jubilee year of the State.