Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal: AAP joins issue with morcha at village where it all began in 1982

It was at Kapoori village in Patiala district where Indira Gandhi had performed the ground-breaking ceremony of SYL as Prime Minister in 1982.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: November 11, 2016 12:24 pm

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday announced an indefinite “morcha” at Kapoori village from Friday onwards in protest against the Supreme Court verdict Thursday on the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

It was at Kapoori village in Patiala district where Indira Gandhi had performed the ground-breaking ceremony of SYL as Prime Minister in 1982.

Addressing the media here, AAP leaders including Gurpreet Singh Waraich, Sanjay Singh, Jarnail Singh, HS Phoolka, Himmat Singh Shergil, Kanwar Sandhu, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Gulshan Chhabra, CD Kamboj and Dr Balbir Singh Saini said the party would not allow implementation of the SC verdict if voted to power in Punjab.

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“Congress and SAD always put the interests of Punjab at stake to grab power. It was Congress which laid the foundation stone of SYL canal and SAD carried it forward by beginning construction of the canal,” AAP leaders said.

Calling Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh’s resignation from the Lok Sabha a “political drama”, AAP leaders said if he was serious on the issue, he should quit Congress and all Rajya Sabha MPs of Congress from Punjab should resign.

“Whatever is the opinion of the Supreme Court, it is not binding on Punjab and it does not automatically invalidate the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, which remains valid,” said senior AAP leader and SC Lawyer HS Phoolka.

Not missing to remind people about the role of Indira Gandhi, Phoolka said water crisis of Punjab was a creation of her government and SAD was hand-in-glove with the Congress to keep interests of Punjab’s farmers at stake.

“During the Emergency in 1976, Indira Gandhi passed an order according to which Punjab was denied its rights on its own river’s water,” Phoolka said, adding that a notification was passed on March 24, 1976 by the central government sanctioning this injustice.

“After the change of government, this order of Indira Gandhi was challenged by Punjab in the apex court, but when Indira Gandhi returned to power and Punjab also had a Congress-led Government, she forced the then CM Darbara Singh to withdraw the case from the SC. In 1982 a compromise was reached and the SYL accord was signed in which again Punjab’s interest was negated,” said Phoolka.

Hitting out at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the AAP said, “If Badal is really serious on the interests of Punjab, then why his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal does not resign from the Modi’s Cabinet in protest against BJP’s anti-Punjab stand on the SYL issue.”