Congress leaders led Punjab state chief Amarinder Singh today urged the President to form a panel to look into the SYL issue and direct Central government to consider ground realities and water availability in the state before taking any action on advice of the Supreme Court. Nearly one million acres of land would be rendered dry and barren and over 2,00,000 farmers and equal number of land less labourers would lose their livelihood, if water from Punjab is diverted to Haryana, Singh claimed.
The party leaders also expressed their concerns to President Pranab Mukherjee that this move could result in outbreak of violence in the Punjab, where the situation was extremely fluid and tense following the SC verdict on the subject.
“If the people of Punjab don’t get water there is bound to be tension, which could scale up into violence,” Singh said, alleging that the Badal government in Punjab is further “inflaming passions” and “aggravating” the situation with its “irresponsible” actions.
“We have requested the President to look into this matter and direct Centre to take into account the ground realities before acting on the Supreme Court’s judgement. And by looking into it means a panel should be formed,” Singh told reporters here.
Badal government in Punjab is “inflaming passions” and “aggravating” the situation with its “irresponsible actions”, including the passing of the two “illogical” resolutions in the state assembly, he alleged.
When asked about Arvind Kejriwal’s continued silence on the SC judgement on SYL, Amarinder reiterated his demand that Delhi Chief Minister should come out with a clear and categorical stand on the issue.
“If Kejriwal wants to become the chief minister of Punjab, which he seems to be eyeing, he must spell out whether or not he stands with the people of the state in this hour of dire need,” Singh said.