Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today accused AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal of allegedly misleading the people of the state by building “castles in air” and asked him to clear his stand on Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.
Kejriwal, along with some “political fugitives and entertainers” from Punjab is “misleading” the people with his political gimmicks, whereas on issue of SYL, his government has submitted affidavit against the interests of the state, he claimed.
Speaking on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan programme in Fatehgarh Churian Assembly segment, Badal said it is a “stark reality” that the Delhi government headed by Kejriwal has adopted a “hostile posture towards the state on the emotive issue of SYL canal which cannot be tolerated at any cost”.
“Kejriwal aspires to form government in the state despite of robbing our share of water,” he said, adding the Delhi Chief Minister owes a clarification to the people of Punjab on his party’s stand on SYL canal issue.
Stressing that the SAD-BJP government is duty-bound to protect every single drop of water in the state, Badal said, “I pledge that our government will not allow the anti-Punjab forces to deprive us of our legitimate share in river waters.”
Alleging that AAP and Congress are “two faces of the same coin” and both of them don’t have any sympathy with Punjab or its people, he claimed both the parties “just want to plunder the wealth of state for their vested political interests”.
Claiming that the SAD-BJP government has fulfilled the aspirations of every strata of society, he said the biggest of the government was to strengthen the ethos of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state.
On the sacrilege incident in Malerkotla, the Chief Minister said some forces envious of the state are repeatedly attempting to disturb the hard-earned peace and amity, but the state government is committed to “crush the ugly heads” of such forces.
“An enquiry into the incident is in progress,” Badal added.