Bhagwant Mann organising sham debate on SYL issue to divide Punjabis on Kejriwal order: SAD
Chandigarh, October 13, 2023: As per media reports, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)would not be part of the debate on SYL Canal and other Punjab’s issues, organized by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on November 1.
SAD today said that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was organising a sham debate on November 1 to divide Punjabis on the orders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal and that the party would not be part of this anti-Punjab exercise.
According to the news published in The Tribune, senior SAD leader Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said, “We have learnt that central survey teams are expected to come to Punjab on November 1. Our focus will be on ensuring these teams do not conduct any survey on Punjab soil. Accordingly we will be protest against any attempt to conduct a survey to facilitate construction of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal to transfer the state’s waters to Haryana both at the starting point of the canal at Loondh Khad near Kiratpur and at its end point in Kapuri village in Patiala district”.
He alleged that CM Mann was set to betray Punjab’s Interests in the same manner as former chief minister Darbara Singh who had allegedly succumbed to pressure from Indira Gandhi and agreed to transfer Punjab’s waters to Haryana besides agreeing to the construction of the SYL canal. “This time Bhagwant Mann is following the directions of Arvind Kejriwal and is bent on creating conditions for the transfer of Punjab’s waters to Haryana. The debate on November 1 at PAU, Ludhiana, is being held solely to divide the political parties of Punjab and create acrimony amongst them so that Punjabis cannot unite against the conspiracy to part them with their river waters”.
Chandumajra said if the chief minister had been interested in a resolution which safeguarded Punjab’s interests he would have called an all-party meeting to present a united front before the Supreme Court hearing. Instead of doing this, the AAP government tried to vilify the opposition and particularly the SAD for opposing the construction of the SYL besides returning the land on which the SYL stood back to farmers.