CHANDIGARH—Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal responded to the Central Government’s challenge of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act in 2004 by saying that Punjab doesn’t have a single drop of water to spare for its neighboring states.
In 2004, when Captain Amarinder Singh led the Punjab government, the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act was passed to annul the 1981 Indira Gandhi award and subsequent agreements relating to the distribution of Ravi-Beas waters among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The Punjab government had passed this resolution following the Indian Supreme Court’s order to the central government to complete the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal.
Reacting to the statement by Badal, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, said that he hopes that the verdict will be in favor of Haryana. Meanwhile, Anil Vij, a BJP minister, claimed that Haryana was demanding a fair share of the water that it deserves.
Commenting on the issue, Dal Khalsa activist Sarbjit Singh Ghumman stated, “Congress, Akali Dal and BJP are equally responsible for the ‘loot’ of Punjab’s waters. Congress senior leader Darbara Singh was responsible for the first allowing this loot.”
“The SYL canal was built at the time of Barnala Government. Badal himself has not taken a concrete step on the issue of water distribution. The BJP has always openly stood against Punjab on the issue of SYL canal. These leaders are merely doing lip server and not working in favour of the Punjabis on the water issue,” he added.