SYL canal issue: Punjab has no water to spare for other states, says Prakash Singh Badal

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Tuesday, asserted that Punjab "does not have a single drop of water to spare" for any other state as its farmers are facing acute water shortage due to the fast-receding water level in the state.

"There is no water to be allowed to flow through the SYL and not a single drop can be allowed to flow through SYL, and none shall be allowed," said Badal in a statement.

The chief minister said the political parties and leaders of Punjab and Haryana should refrain from indulging in gimmicks for cheap publicity at the expense of peace and stability in the state.

Prakash Singh Badal. AFP

Prakash Singh Badal. AFP

Badal made the assertion in wake of Haryana's opposition party, Indian National Lok Dal's leader Abhay Chautala announcement that his party activists would assemble at Ambala in Haryana on 23 February and march towards Punjab to undertake the digging of the SYL canal to ensure faster implementation of the recent apex court verdict favouring Haryana on sharing of the river waters.

"As long as long I am here, no one needs to be afraid that the interests of the state are being compromised. The SAD-BJP government's commitment to protect the interests of Punjab and Punjabis on this and every other issue is total and inviolable," he said.

Unequivocally asserting that SYL will not allowed to be built at any cost, Badal said, "There is no question of the construction of the SYL being allowed under any circumstances."

At the same time, he also added that "no one will be allowed to take law in his own hands or disturb the atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state."

The Punjab chief minister appealed "to everyone that nothing should be done to endanger peace or to disturb law and order situation in the state."

Badal, who returned from US on Monday immediately held a high-level meeting with the top civil and police officials in the government to review the situation in wake of Chautala's threat to undertake the digging of the SYL canal and ordered for adequate security arrangements over the issue.


Published Date: Feb 21, 2017 09:23 pm | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2017 09:23 pm