Punjab Congress to meet President on Thursday over SYL issue

Devinder Singh Kohli /kaumimarg .com | November 15, 2016 06:24 PM
Punjab Congress to meet President on Thursday over SYL issue


A Punjab Congress delegation, led by its president Captain Amarinder Singh, will meet the President of India in New Delhi on Thursday evening on the SYL issue.The party leadership, which has already demanded that the President ignore the Supreme Court verdict on his SYL case reference in the interest of Punjab, will submit a detailed memorandum at the meeting

Protesting vehemently against the apex court judgement, which ignores several key aspects of the SYL issue as a result of inadequate information shared by the Badal government in Punjab, the Punjab Congress had on Saturday launched a state-wide agitation demanding that the SYL verdict should not be implemented. A party rally at Abohar, the tail-end of the SYL canal, had on Sunday raised the pitch on the issue further, with Captain Amarinder announcing that `the Punjab water will not be allowed to leave the state till our last breath.’

Seeking the President’s intervention in the matter, the Punjab Congress delegation will try to bring to his notice the serious consequences of the implementation of the apex court’s verdict for the people of Punjab. Already reeling under acute water scarcity, with a continuously declining water table, the state will be plunged into an unprecedented chaos and crisis if the President accepts the court’s verdict and allows its implementation, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Tripit Rajinder Bajwa said here in a statement on Tuesday.It is not just the rights of the people of Punjab but their lives that are at stake, the PPCC leaders pointed out. The people of the state, especially the farmers in the Malwa belt which would be the worst affected by the SYL construction, could not, at any cost, be deprived of their lifeline, they added.

The Congress leaders cited historical as well as contemporary data to underline the ill consequences of the Supreme Court verdict implementation, referring to the available figures to show how acutely Punjab was already suffering from water shortages, and how SYL would aggravate the situation manifold. They said the party delegation, under Captain Amarinder, would urge the President to take the ground realties into account and put the SYL implementation on hold, while directing the government to set up a new tribunal to assess the water situation in Punjab.


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