Chandigarh, October 8, 2023: Shiromani Akali Dal today said that Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Bhagwant Mann has pushed Punjab to same spot it was at four decades ago in issue of SYL which subsequently took state into a black era in which state suffered a lot even as party asked Bhagwant Mann to be ready for debate outside his home on October 10, 2023 instead of waiting till November 1, 2023 as SAD leadership will visit his home under leadership of party President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Addressing a press conference here today at party head office, SAD Spokesman and Legal Cell Chairman Advocate Arshdeep Singh Kler said that it was amusing to note that after reaching state from stage, CM Bhagwant Mann was again trying to reach stage from state as he has realized that people of the state have understood his betrayal towards Punjab because of his decision to hand over state to Delhi leadership including AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal simply to exploit Punjab state exchequer to expand AAP in other states at the expense of Punjab.
He said that stand took by Bhagwant Mann led AAP government on SYL issue in the Supreme Court was a part of record in which Punjab Lawyer has accepted that government was willing to construct SYL canal but opposition from opposition parties and difficulty in re acquiring land which has been given back to farmers by SAD government led by S. Parkash Singh Badal was a big hurdle in the matter subsequently after this stand SC ordered Centre government to do a survey in Punjab. He said that SC order was officially welcomed by AAP government and its Spokesman spoke in favour of survey by the Centre government.
He said that when AAP government felt that it has been exposed completely now, CM was trying to divert attention of people of the state by a tweet challenging opposition parties. He asked CM why to wait for November 1 as SAD leaders under leadership of party President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal will be visiting CM residence where he should be ready for debate on Punjab issues.
Advocate Kler further said that AAP official Spokesman had told a lie to media on the issue of Balasar farm house of Badal family and hotel in Gurugram by claiming that these have been allotted in lieu of SYL construction. He said that Balasar farm house is a property of maternal parents of late S. Parkash Singh Badal whereas plot purchased in Gurugram was cancelled by Congress government in Haryana and it was challenged in Supreme Court which re-allotted that plot. He said that without going into facts of the case AAP Spokesman had tried to spread lies only to make his claim look like as a genuine one. He said that now we are sending legal notice to him for spreading lies on the matter.
Speaking about money received from the Haryana government for SYL construction, SAD Spokesman said that Giani Zail Singh grandfather of Punjab Assembly Speaker Mr. Kultar Singh Sandhwan had received that cheques whose number was also announced on the spot. He said that Speaker can be asked on the facts.
SAD leader said that instead of spreading lies and again resorting to stage, CM Bhagwant Mann should be himself ready and also call his boss Arvind Kejriwal to his house on October 10 to debate on the issues of Punjab with SAD leaders led by Mr. Sukhbir Singh Bada