Special session of Punjab Assembly following SC declaration on SYL issue

After the SC verdict last Thursday, 42 MLAs of Congress have resigned from the Vidhan Sabha.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published:November 15, 2016 3:49 pm
SYL, Sutlej Yamuna Link, SYL issue, Parkash singh badal, AISSF, All india sikh students federation, badal government, challenge Supreme court order, Supreme court order, Supreme court verdict, india news, indian express news Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked all political parties to get together on the SYL issue. (Express Photo by Jagdeep Singh)

A special session of the Punjab Assembly has been convened Wednesday in the wake of the Supreme Court declaring as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law enacted by the state government to terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states. Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will come out with a strategy that will suit them better in all legal terms, a party spokesperson said here Tuesday.

He said the government is fine tuning its next legal, legislative and political moves.

After the SC verdict last Thursday, 42 MLAs of Congress have resigned from the Vidhan Sabha.

However, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal told PTI that the resignations of Congress MLAs were “under consideration”.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi said the government should first spell out its agenda for the special session.

“We have officially not received any communication about the session being convened,” he said.

Besides, Congress is not aware whether there is any agenda of the government behind summoning the session, he added.

Yesterday, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh wanted an assurance from the government that the new legislation will be approved by the governor and not made a mockery.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked all political parties to get together on the SYL issue. However, Badal’s deputy and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that the Congress has run away from the issue.

In a related development in neighbouring state, Haryana Government has convened a meeting of all political parties under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna-Link Canal.

“The meeting would be held at Haryana Niwas on November 17, 2016 at 12 noon,” an official spokesperson said today.