The political delegations from both Haryana and Punjab will meet President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on November 28 and urge his intervention into the ongoing Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal project dispute.
While an all-party delegation from Haryana will be led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal shall be leading the delegation comprising of his ministers and MPs of alliance partners from the state.
Both the delegations have been given the appointment for 6.15 pm to put forth their point of view in respect to the interests of their respective states. While Haryana shall be seeking President’s intervention requesting him to get the Supreme Court’s decision on SYL canal, which went in Haryana’s favour, implemented at the earliest; Punjab shall be requesting him not to do so in the interests of Punjab farmers.
Haryana Chief Secretary, DS Dhesi, had already communicated the time and date to the 15 members of the delegation. A written communication has been sent to all concerned, including ministers Ram Bilas Sharma (education), Capt Abhimanyu (finance), Anil Vij (health), Subhash Barala (Haryana BJP president), Ashok Tanwar (Haryana Congress president), Kiran Choudhary (leader of Congress Legislative Party), Bhupinder Singh Hooda (former CM), Ashok Arora (state president of Indian National Lok Dal), Abhey Singh Chautala (leader of Opposition), Saranjit Singh Sotha (state president of Bahujan Samaj Party), Tek Chand Sharma (MLA of BSP), Jai Prakash (Independent MLA) and Baldev Raj Mahajan (Haryana’s Advocate General).
Talking to the mediapersons in New Delhi on Saturday, Khattar said an all-party meeting was held under his chairmanship at Chandigarh earlier this week and it was unanimously decided to call on the President on the SYL issue.
Punjab delegation led by Badal will draw the attention of President to the “grave injustice being done to Punjab through a brazen violation of the universally accepted riparian principle on river waters issue”. “Badal would stress the need for resolving the river waters issue strictly as per the riparian principle adopted in all similar disputes in the country in which a state through which a river does not pass has no right on the waters of that river,” Badal’s advisor on national affairs Harcharan Bains said in a statement.
Punjab has de-notified the land acquired for the SYL and transferred most of it to the farmers.
The SAD leadership had been miffed at not getting an appointment from the President even as Punjab Congress has already met President on the issue.