Supreme Court’s ruling favouring Haryana on the contentious SYL canal issue, the CPI(M) on Friday asked Centre to work out mutually acceptable pact with the states concerned. In view of the Supreme Court verdict on the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, the CPI(M) calls upon the Centre to work out a mutually acceptable and beneficial agreement on the sharing of waters with both the governments of Punjab and Haryana,” party Politburo said in a statement.
Given the BJP is leading government at Centre and in Haryana and is sharing power with Shiromani Akali Dal in poll-bound Punjab, the Politburo contended it must step in immediately to avoid escalation of tensions and stressed it is “imperative” to arrive at such an agreement “at the earliest”.
The party also urged people of the states concerned not to fall prey to the alleged rousing of provocative passions and to maintain peace and harmony. Punjab on Thursday suffered a setback as the Supreme Court held as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by it to terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and other neighbouring states.