Punjab

Badal describes SYL canal as 'death warrant' of Punjab

April 13, 2016 07:08 PM

Punjab News Express
TALWANDI SABO: (Bathinda): Terming that the construction of Satluj Yamuna Link canal would be a 'death warrant' for the entire state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today exhorted all the Punjabis to unite and intensify struggle against the construction of this canal.

Addressing a rally here during religious congregation to mark the Baisakhi festival, the Chief Minister said that the people of the state have to wage relentless battle against Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who were hell bent upon snatching the river waters of the state. He said that it was on record that the Congress and AAP were both the enemies of the state, who were hand in glove with each other to deprive the state of its water by constructing SYL canal. Apprising the people about the affidavit submitted by AAP government in Delhi, Badal said that the Delhi government has termed the stand taken by Punjab on SYL canal as unconstitutional and anti - national adding that even Kejriwal led government has threatened Punjabis of dire consequences due to its firm stand of not allowing the construction of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.

The Chief Minister said that it was a fact that as per universally accepted Riparian principle of water sharing Punjab was the only rightful owner of river waters of the state adding he said that Punjab has no single drop of water to share with any other state. However, he said that the Congress has divested the state of its rights by giving water to Rajasthan, Haryana and other states by signing the various water agreements. Likewise, Mr. Badal said that the AAP was now making desperate attempts to get this canal constructed. However, he said that as a true custodian of rights of state the Shiromani Akali Dal was ever ready to make every sacrifice to protect the waters of the state.

The Chief Minister reiterated that Punjab would be ruined if SYL canal was constructed as water was the only lifetime of the state. He said that water was basic ingredient of life and any such move to share the river waters of the state would be disastrous as it would ruin Punjab. Mr. Badal categorically said that any decision to rob the state of its water is, was and would never be acceptable to the state at any cost. “We are opposing the canal because it is a direct assault on the food security of the state and Sikh panth. So no Punjabi will ever tolerate this grave injustice against the state” he added.

Listing the major initiatives taken by the state government, the Chief Minister said that during the past more than nine years the state government has provided free power to farmers worth Rs 28000 crore otherwise their problems would have accentuated manifold on account of electricity bills of tube well. Badal said that the state government has started first of its kind scheme to provide interest free crop loans worth Rs 50000 to the farmers. He further said that in another historic decision it has been decided that all the farmers would be provided a health insurance cover of Rs.50,000 and an insurance of Rs.5 lac in case of accidental death or incapacitation of head of family adding that now the state government has passed a law "The Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Act 2016” with an aim to provide a framework for expeditious determination and settlement of non-institutional agricultural debt.

In his address, while calling upon Punjabi’s to be ever vigilant to guard the state against anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh forces to thwart their nefarious designs of fomenting trouble and spreading misinformation, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal today reiterated that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) being the true representative of Punjabi people, wont shy away from making even the biggest of sacrifices for the sake of Punjab. Deputy Chief Minister said that SAD has a glorious legacy of fighting for freedom of the country as well as being the voice of peasants, traders, poor people and all the other sections of society. He said that SAD fought against the imposition of emergency apart from waging relentless struggle for Punjabi Suba.

Pooh-pooing the opposition parties especially Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for spreading misleading information and also branding entire Punjabi people as drug addicts, Deputy Chief Minister said that these parties are inimical to the progress of the state and have no love for the ethos and culture of it.

Taking on AAP, Sukhbir Badal thundered that this party has started emulating congress policies by attacking sikh shrines which is evident from the demolishing of ‘Piau’ at Gurudwara Sri Sisganj Sahib in Delhi. He further said that AAP has its eyes on Punjab polls next year but how can it explain to the people of Punjab it’s backstabbing them on crucial SYL issue.

Earlier in her address Union Food Processing Minister Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal exhorted the people to make a firm pledge for foiling the nefarious designs of anti - Punjab forces who were hell bent upon ruining the state. She said that every Punjabi must make all out effort to ensure that such forces were not successful in their plans. Mrs. Badal said that every effort aimed at weakening the panth and Sikh community would be given a befitting reply.

 

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