Often referred to as Paanian da raakha (Saviour of Punjab waters) for his role in getting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act (on water sharing) passed in 2004, veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh played the water card again on Wednesday.
Speaking during his public rallies at Attari and Majitha, he reiterated that Punjab did not have a single drop of water to spare for other states, such as Haryana. “Come what may, we are not going to let anybody take a single drop of water,” Capt said.
He said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had stated that he would press for the completion of the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL).
“There have been water-sharing agreements in 1955 and 1977 and every state including Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and also Punjab are getting the water that is due to them under these agreements and there is no extra water in Punjab to spare for anybody. We can neither afford nor allow even a single drop of water to spare for any other state,” Captain said.
Later, addressing a public meeting at Majitha grain market, Captain slammed Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and said, “Majithia will not be able to return to this place (Majitha) when Congress comes to power in Punjab in the 2017 elections.”
Responding to the demand by senior party leader from Majitha Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lally Majithia, Captain said, “Each and every false FIR he got registered against the Congress workers be cancelled after Congress returned to power”.
Capt also took a dig at Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal over her reported remark that Capt Amarinder’s family had a lot of money in foreign banks. “Harsimrat should tell me where the money is and I promise I will give all that money to her,” said Capt said.
He said, the entire Badal family had got into panic mode after he had started his mass contract programme.
Lashing out at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Captain challenged him to spell out one single achievement during the last eight
years in power. “Tell me what you have done during all these years except for amassing huge wealth,” he asked.
He urged the Chief Minister to approach the Prime Minister to ensure that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) does not stop purchase of wheat and paddy on the MSP.