Amrinder Accuses Harsimrat Badal, other SAD MPs protecting their own interests at the cost of Punjab

Devinder Singh Kohli /kaumimarg .com | November 18, 2016 08:40 PM
 Amrinder Accuses Harsimrat Badal, other SAD MPs  protecting their own interests at the cost of Punjab


Accusing the Akalis of indulging in shameless politicization of the SYL issue, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday asked Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other SAD MPs to resign to prove their sincerity to the people of the state on the SYL issue.

 “Why hasn’t Harsimrat resigned from Parliament and the Union Cabinet? Why are the other Akali MPs not willing to give up their membership?” Captain Amarinder asked, adding, “Do they have no pain for Punjab?”Like her husband, brother and father-in-law, who are all trying to save their positions in the Punjab government by hook or by crook, Harsimrat is only interested in keeping her parliament membership secure, said Captain Amarinder, accusing the Badals of selling off the interests of Punjab in order to safeguard their vested political and personal interests.

Asserting that the Congress would protect the water of Punjab at all costs, even if it meant supporting any Akali initiative on the same, Captain Amarinder made it clear that his resignation over the SYL issue was effective from November 11, the day he had announced the same. “The Lok Sabha Speaker wanted my resignation in a prescribed format, which I have signed and will personally hand over,” said Captain Amarinder, adding that the effectiveness of his resignation had not, however, been impacted.

Addressing mediapersons after welcoming former SAD and AAP leaders, Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Surinder Singh Ryait respectively, into the Congress fold, Captain Amarinder denied engaging in any politics on the SYL issue, saying “it is our right and duty to fight for Punjab waters.” Pointing out that Haryana was not a riparian state and had no right to the Sutlej water, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president reiterated that Punjab simply did not have surplus water to spare for other states when its own water demand was far from being met.“The people of Punjab cannot be denied their rightful due and we will not allow that to happen, come what may,” said Captain Amarinder.Responding to questions, Captain Amarinder said the Punjab Congress was committed to protecting the state’s interests on the SYL issue, and was even ready to support the Shiromani Akali Dal for that, if need be.

“This is not a matter for playing politics. The lives of the people of Punjab are at stake and it is our responsibility to save them from inevitable doom that will result from the implementation of the Supreme Court verdict in the SYL case,” he added.

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