Delegations from both Punjab and Haryana met President Pranab Mukherjee Monday to present their side on the issue of Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. While all party delegation from Haryana urged the President to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court verdict in the SYL case, the delegation from Punjab sought the President “to not accept any advice that militates against the basic riparian principle”.
The Supreme Court had more than a fortnight back declared as unconstitutional a law enacted by the Punjab government in 2004 absolving it of liability of constructing SYL canal. Opposing this, the Punjab government denotified the land acquired for SYL and returned it to the owners.
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Led by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the all party delegation comprising leaders from Congress, INLD, BSP and an independent MLA, submitted a memorandum seeking that the orders of the SC be implemented. The delegation urged that the President was the custodian of the Constitution and he should ensure that the Punjab government accepts the SC decision.
Interacting with mediapersons outside Rashtrapati Bhavan, Khattar said that Haryana should get its due share of water. The state is asking for its rightful share and not Punjab’s share, he added.
Terming SYL as the “lifeline of Haryana”, the leaders of different parties urged that Punjab government be ordered to complete its construction.
On the other hand, the Punjab delegation led by state Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal urged the President not to deprive the people of Punjab of their legitimate rights with regard to waters of rivers of the state, in violation of the universally accepted riparian principle.