Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Saturday took a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for saying there should be “no politics on water” and told him to be “consistent” on his stand over Sutletj-Yamuna Link Canal and water sharing issues between different states.
“Only a few days ago the Delhi Chief Minister had said in Punjab that he supported the state’s case against SYL and it cannot spare a single drop of water for Haryana,” he said. “But the moment Haryana government showed you the mirror, you backed out in your characteristic style and are now saying that there should be no politics over water. Your stand and statements should at least be consistent enough that they don’t change so fast and so frequently,” Amarinder said.
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The Delhi Chief Minister’s yesterday’s comments came a day after Haryana Irrigation Minister O P Dhankar, in a letter to Kejriwal, said his state won’t be able to continue supply of water to Delhi as he stood against farmers and people’s interests. “Politics is not a game of ambiguities. At least not in Punjab where people will ask you straight questions – whether you are with us or against us,” Amarinder said.
“You can’t continue to run with the hare and hunt with the hound for long and keep on fooling people in your characteristic way,” he said. He asked the AAP convener to also spell out his stand on other issues between Punjab and Haryana like transfer of Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas to the state.
“One letter from the Haryana Irrigation Minister made you simply run away and give up all the bravado you exhibited in Punjab and we will not be surprised if another similar letter will force you to make another u-turn”, he said. Amarinder said that this was the reason why he has been continuously reminding Kejriwal that Punjab was too complex to be known in four and half days, as Kejriwal had claimed.
“Some assembly segments are wider than whole of the national capital he happens to be the Chief Minister of. This is the reason I have been advising that you need to come out and look beyond your municipal mindset if you really want to fiddle with politics in Punjab,” he said.