Patiala, October 28, 2023: As per media reports, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Som Parkash said, “We do not have a single drop of excess water share with anyone”. Som Parkash visited Patiala to hand over appointment letters to youngsters from Punjab and its neighbouring region during the National Rozgar Mela.
According to the news published in The Tribune, PM Narendra Modi addressed the mela via video-conferencing today. More than 51,000 appointment letters were distributed across the country to recruits in various government departments and organisations.
Addressing to the journalists on the sidelines of the function, Parkash made it abundantly clear that Punjab was not in a position to share water with any other state. “We do not have a single drop of excess water to share with anyone,” he emphasised. “Come what may, we will not share our waters with others,” he added.
Som Parkash supported state BJP president Sunil Jakhar for accepting an invitation for an open debate with CM Bhagwant Mann.
When questioned about the contrasting position held by the BJP government in Haryana on the water-sharing issue, Parkash, while acknowledging his responsibility as a Punjabi, asserted, “I have to look after the interests of my state, and I maintain that Punjab has no water to spare.”
On the issue of sour diplomatic ties between India and Canada, the minister said, “If any country tries to attempt to break our unity and integrity and tries to instigate people, then naturally India will react strongly. I would suggest leaders of that country to abstain from making irresponsible allegations.”