Amarinder Singh, Congress member of Parliament, Thursday resigned from his post. The decision came in the wake of SC’s order on Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal land dispute. The Supreme Court Thursday held Punjab Government’s 2004 move to terminate the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal agreement, unconstituitonal. Haryana government had approached the apex court following Punjab government’s refusal to release water. A constitution judge comprising of five judges, Anil.R. Dave, Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Shiva Kirti Singh, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Amitava Roy heard a presidential reference to examine the legality of the PTA, 2004 which scrapped water sharing agreements with neighbouring states.
In a protest against the court judgement, several other congress MLAs too will be resigning enmass. In a press conference that was scheduled today at 4: 30pm, Amarinder Singh said, “I have been saying this for long that he (Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal) must retire, let somebody else come”. He also said that he is very disappointed and sad for Punjab because of this verdict. Sabha Naresh Gujral, SAD MP Rajya Sabha said that his party will consider all the available options and will avoid the drama congress is doing. To this Amarinder Singh said, “He will know who is doing drama when the elections come, he keeps on saying unimportant stuff”.
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Amarinder Singh’s letter of resignation was also posted online.
Ravneet Singh Bittu of Congress said “Punjab can’t afford to give even a drop of water, the decision taken is against Punjab and in favour of Haryana”. Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said that although the decision came late, it is in favour of Haryana and he welcomes it. The next date of hearing in the Supreme court is on the 25th of November.
The apex court in 2004 had ordered in a 1996 case that SYL canal construction must continue without any hinderance. The agreement, between Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan was signed in 1981.