CONGRESS CHIEF spokesperson and former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar Thursday alleged that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was putting the interests of Punjab at stake over the most critical issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal to get Cash Credit Limited (CCL) cleared for upcoming paddy crop procurement season. This is because he (Badal) cannot afford to face the ire of a major votebank — farmers — ahead of 2017 elections, alleged Jakhar.
He questioned that after facing allegations a large-scale food grain scam, although the government had claimed in April this year that they got a ‘clean chit’ from the Centre on CCL issue, why CM was summoned to Delhi on Thursday and why a committee pertaining to CCL issue was formed by the Centre to look into the matter.
He was talking to the media in Jalandhar. “NDA government is ‘anti-Punjab’ and if tomorrow the Supreme Court decides against Punjab on SYL issue, who will be responsible for the possible disturbance and law & order problem in the Punjab, if farmers would come on road on the pattern of Jat Agitation in Haryana,” he questioned.
“Why CM was asking the people of Punjab for get ready for sacrifices on Punjab’s water issue and why he could not get it settled by taking up with Modi,” said he.
“Badals are just asking a time limit till elections from the Centre to hide their misdeeds with the state and the Centre has been implementing its own agenda on SYL issue under this weakness of the state government,” said he. “Both SAD and BJP have been working in the interests of each other at the cost of the people of the state,” said he.
Jakhar said the Chief Minister had several opportunities to take up the issue of SYL with PM when he was in Chandigarh on 21 for Yoga Day and with Finance Minister Jaitley during his Amritsar and Bathinda visits but Badal remained silent on the issue.
‘Have seen Vilkhta Punjab, not Udta Punjab’
Asked whether he has watched the movie Udta Punjab, Jakhar said, “I have not seen the movie Udta Punjab, but am witnessing “Vilkhta and rengata Punjab (crying and crawling Punjab) daily. “Where is flying Punjab as the wings of its youth have already been clipped by drug menace,” he alleged.