While the Congress leaders in Punjab criticised the decision of the Supreme Court on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, their counterparts in Haryana hailed it as a “historic decision”.
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said it was an excellent decision and Haryana would get its legitimate share of water from SYL.
Hooda said, “The matter stands in favour of Haryana. If Haryana is denied its legitimate share of water, people of Haryana will not tolerate it. People of Haryana will stop vehicles going to Punjab and they will stop electricity. What will happen to the country like this?”
“My demand is that BJP should immediately withdraw from SAD in Punjab and President’s rule should be imposed in the state. The verdict of SC must be implemented. I appeal to Haryana CM to take a bold stand and we are with him. We are ready for any sacrifice. We will not allow anyone to play with interests of Haryana,” said Hooda.
He said through he respected Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal as an elder person, he criticised his statements that Punjab would not give a drop of water to any state. Hooda said that earlier this year, when Punjab Assembly passed an Bill demolishing the SYL, he had sought President’s rule in the state.
Reacting to the verdict, AICC media in-charge Randeep Surjewala said, “A historic and path breaking verdict by Supreme Court upholds Haryana’s claim on SYL. Victory for people, justice for Haryana.”
Leader of Congress Legislature Party Kiran Choudhry said now that the Supreme Court had given its verdict, the BJP government should ensure that the state got its legitimate share of 3.5 Million Acre Feet (MAF) of the surplus Ravi-Beas waters. “Now that the apex court has given its decision in favour of Haryana on all the four points on which the Presidential Reference was made, the Haryana Government must impress upon its Punjab counterpart through the Centre to dig up the SYL Canal it had allowed to be filled in its territory so that the waters can flow into Haryana”, Choudhry said, adding that any dilly-dallying on this issue will not be tolerated by the people of Haryana.
Leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha and Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala, while hailing the decision of the SC, said both the BJP and Congress should clarify their stand on the issue. He said the parties were saying one thing in Punjab and another in Haryana. “We hope that with the decision, the areas in Haryana that are facing shortage of Haryana, particularly the southern districts, will benefit. The BJP and Congress should clarify their stand on whether they are capable of getting the people of Haryana their legitimate share of water. The responsibility of getting this decision implemented lies with the state government as well as the Centre.”
INLD MP Dushyany Singh Chautala also said the party was ready for a struggle to get water from SYL.