AMID HIGH drama, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday adopted a resolution stating that “Punjab did not have even a single drop of water to give to anyone and any decision of injustice against Punjab on river waters would never be acceptable”.
The resolution moved by CM Parkash Singh Badal said Punjab was an agrarian state and river water was its life (jind jaan).
“As per riparian principles, Punjab had total right on its river water. Despite that, from the beginning itself, daylight dacoity on Punjab river water has been committed by (enacting) different resolutions and decisions. Despite being owners of river water, Punjab farmers had to get 73 per cent of the water using tubewells, due to which the water level of the ground is depleting,” said the resolution.
It added: “Punjab does not have a single drop of water to give to anyone. This house unanimously vows that any unjust decision against Punjab on state’s river water would not be acceptable. The efforts to forcibly impose the decision of construction of Satluj Yamuna Link canal on Punjabis by violating nationally and internationally approved riparian laws would not be tolerated.”
After Badal read out the resolution and Speaker Atwal opened the House for a discussion on it, Congress members demanded they be allowed to speak ahead of the CM. Citing protocol, Atwal told Congress leaders that the mover of the resolution speaks first.
Led by Leader of the Opposition Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress members also demanded that amendments to the resolution moved by them should be incorporated in the wording of the resolution.
When Atwal turned down their demands, Congress MLAs then raised slogans and jumped into the well.
After the fifth adjournment due to disruptions, BJP legislative party leader Madan Mohan Mittal moved a resolution for suspension for the day, which Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal accepted.
All Congress MLAs in the House were suspended for the day.
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