We will not allow a single drop of water to leave Punjab - Captain Amarinder

Kaumimarg.com | November 13, 2016 07:13 PM
We will not allow a single drop of water to leave Punjab - Captain Amarinder


Launching a frontal attack on the Badal government over the SYL crisis, the Punjab Congress, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, on Sunday vowed to protect the last drop of the state’s water, declaring that not a single drop would be allowed to leave the state till their last breath.Addressing a mammoth rally at village Khuian Sarwar on the Abohar-Ganganagar Main Highway Road, close to Abohar – the tail-end of SYL, Captain Amarinder dared the Akalis to quit the Assembly and face the Congress in Assembly elections, which he said should be held next month itself to prevent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from further vitiating the atmosphere of the state.

Thanking the people of Abohar and surrounding areas, which will be the worst affected if the SYL judgement is implemented, for turning up in large numbers despite the short notice for the rally, Captain Amarinder said this showed the ire and despair of the people against the Badal government’s failure to protect their interests. Reacting to the chief minister’s assertion that he was ready to face the bullet in order to protect the water of Punjab, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said Badal had, even back in 1984, made such claims but when the time came to fight for Punjab he went into hiding in his farms in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the people of Punjab to fend for themselves.Lamenting that the Akalis had pulled Punjab’s growth ranking to the 19th position, Captain Amarinder said Badal was an illiterate  `boog’ (duffer) who had destroyed the state out of sheer personal greed and could not be allowed to remain in power at any cost. The Punjab Congress chief promised to get all scams against Badal & Co., including cable, sand, liquor, drugs, food grain and transport mafias, thoroughly probed once the Congress is in power so that they could be punished for plunging the state into turmoil and despair.

Pointing out that 10 lakh acres of land, farmed by 2 lakh farmer families and supported by another 2 lakh agricultural labourers, depended on agriculture in Punjab, Captain Amarinder said implementation of the SYL verdict would finish them all. The Akalis had 10 years to resolve the issue and battle the case in court effectively but they failed to do anything, he said, adding that they were only interested in the creation of Punjabi Suba in order to rule a Sikh-dominated region for their personal vested interests. “Why did Badal not tell the court that Punjab had no water to spare, with all the glaciers having melted,” Captain Amarinder asked, amid thunderous applause from the thousands of people gathered for the rally.  Referring to the controversial Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, Captain Amarinder said Badal was misleading the state on the issue by making fraudulent claims on scrapping it. Removal of the clause would not be acceptable to the central government led by BJP, of which the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is an ally, he added, accusing Badal of playing on the sentiments of the people.

Alleging a major conspiracy of the Badals in the matter, Captain Amarinder said scrapping the clause would have huge national ramifications, which could even lead to the Centre sacking the Akali government in Punjab, which is probably what Badal is aiming at in order to secure political mileage ahead of the polls by making the issue even more contentious.Captain Amarinder reiterated his demand for the establishment of a new Tribunal to assess the quantum of water availability with Punjab, saying it was essential to take further steps on sharing of river water. Talking to mediapersons later, he once again  made it clear that the Punjab Congress would go all out to find a legal solution to the SYL tangle.

Addressing the rally, Captain Amarinder also lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for failing to clarify, even three days after the SYL verdict, whether or not he stands with Punjab on this vital issue. His silence is deliberate as he has his eyes on the chief ministership of Punjab while also trying desperately to protect his interests in Delhi and Haryana, said the Punjab Congress president.Questioning the rationale behind the border evacuations carried out some weeks back, Captain Amarinder said it was done by Badal only to please the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of which the Akalis are an ally.

Expressing serious concern over the plight of farmers, many of whom were committing suicide out of frustration over their failure to meet the aspirations of their families, Captain Amarinder said the Badal government had plunged the farming community into crisis while filling its own coffers, as is evident in the Rs. 31,000 crore embezzlement in procurement.

Captain Amarinder also came down heavily on the central government, lambasting it for pushing the common people to the verge of disaster as a result of its ill-planned demonetisation, which had left tens of thousands of people, mainly the poor and daily wagers, suffering while the actual culprits of corruption had been warned in advance so they could go scot-free.The entire government at the Centre seems to be engaged in destroying the lives of the common people, said Captain Amarinder, referring to the delay in implementation of OROP. “If I ever get a chance to be on the defence ministry I will send all babus to the front to expose them to the hardships faced by our army personnel. That will perhaps teach them to respect and protect the interests of our defence personnel.”

The mega rally was attended, among others, by Punjab Congress vice presidents Sunil Jakhar and Manpreet Badal, Indian Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, former MP Santosh Chowdhary, party MLAs Preneet Kaur, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, Karan Kaur Brar, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Guriqbal Kaur Babbli, Joginder Singh Panjgrain and Parminder Pinki, PPCC vice president Gurpreet Kangar, former legislator Harpartap Singh Ajnala, PPCC general secretary Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia, senior party leaders Gaganjit Barnala and Gurjeet Aujla.In his address to the rally, Sunil Jakhar lashed out at Badal, accusing him of allowing the SYL issue to hang fire till the time of the elections. Charging the chief minister with allowing the case to go virtually unfought in the court, Jakhar said the entire SYL issue was a premeditated attempt by the Akalis to divert public attention ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.



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