Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Tuesday he would not follow any court judgment that forced the state to share river water with any other state.
The CM was speaking at a public gathering on the occasion of 50th year of Punjabi Suba celebrations. “Water is the gift of nature to Punjab… I want to say it very clearly on this occasion, in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah, that be it judgement of any court, we will not give even a drop of Punjab water under any circumstances,” he said.
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“Neither Punjab nor Punjabis would accept any verdict against the state’s interest on river waters and are ready to make any sacrifice to safeguard the legitimate share of river waters… Throw us in jails or shoot us with bullets. We will not share water of Punjab. We will not let Punjabis die hungry,” the CM said.
Then turning to both guests from BJP, he said, “Give us justice. Now, people are making sarcastic remarks for not getting these issues resolved through the intervention of the NDA government at the Centre, in which Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is an ally.”
Badal said, “Inter-state issues including denial of capital to Punjab, transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas and resolving river water issues within the ambit of internationally accepted riparian principles have been hanging fire for long.”