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Khattar Accused Pb Counterpart of Misleading on SYL

(Chd,Hary)Khattar Accused Pb Counterpart of Misleading on SYL
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accused Punjab of “misleading” on the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal despite the apex court ruling in their favour.
He said this during a review meeting on the canal issue.
The chief minister was informed that chief secretaries of both states would be meeting the central water secretary in New Delhi on December 6 over the issue.
Khattar also slammed the neighbouring state on stubble burning.
“Punjab is misleading the country by targeting Haryana on the issue of stubble burning and holding the state responsible for increasing pollution,” he said.
In September 2019, the Supreme Court had given four months to Punjab, Haryana and the Centre to find an amicable solution to the SYL canal issue.
Haryana has been seeking the completion of the canal to get its share of 3.5 million acre feet of river waters.

SAD And INLD March Together in Haryana Polls

(Chd, Haryana) SAD And INLD March Together in Haryana Polls
Shiromani Akali Dal announced to contest the state assembly polls in alliance with the INLD.
The SAD, which is the part of the ruling NDA at the Centre, had snapped ties with the BJP in the state after its lone MLA from Kalanwali Balkaur Singh switched to the saffron party.
The SAD had contested the 2014 assembly elections in the state in alliance with the INLD. Their alliance had come to an end in 2017 over the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal.
On Thursday, Akali candidates will file their nomination papers from Kalanwali, Ratia and Guhla Cheeka.

Pb Assembly,Without Cong,Moves Resolution Against SYL Construction

[Chandigarh,Punjab]Punjab Govt Moves Resolution Against Construction of SYL
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today moved a resolution in Punjab Assembly against the construction of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal
Opposition Congress members kepT away from the House.
Badal moved a resolution saying in the interest of the people of Punjab, the House unanimously directs the state government, Cabinet and all government officials not to hand over the state’s land for the construction of SYL canal and neither allow anybody to work on it, nor to cooperate for the purpose.
The resolution was moved amidst empty opposition benches
All 42 Congress MLAs had resigned from the state Assembly after the apex court’s decision on Thursday.
A special session of the state Assembly was convened after the Supreme Court held as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by the Punjab government to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states.
Yesterday, upping the ante against the construction of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Punjab Cabinet announced that it will denotify the land acquired for the project and return it to the “original owners” at no cost

Cong Punjabi Captain Amarinder Erects For War On SYL’s Water Drops

[Abohar,CHD,Pb] Cong Punjabi Captain Amarinder Erects For War On SYL’s Water Drops
Hitting out at the Badal government over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the SYL issue, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today vowed to protect the last drop of the state’s water.
Addressing a rally at Khuian Sarwar village near Abohar, the tail-end of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, he asked SAD MLAs to quit the Assembly and said the state polls should be held next month itself to prevent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from further “vitiating” the atmosphere of the state.
He vowed to protect the “last drop” of Punjab’s water, and declared “not a drop will be spared” till their “last breath”.
On the Chief Minister’s assertion that he (Badal) is ready to face the bullet in order to protect Punjab’s water, Amarinder alleged that in 1984, Badal had made such claims but when the time came to fight for the state he went into hiding, leaving the people to fend for themselves.
He also alleged that the Chief Minister has “destroyed” the state out of “sheer personal greed” and cannot be allowed to remain in power.
Asserting that implementation of the SYL verdict will “finish off” the
2 lakh families and
2 lakh agricultural labourers who
farm 10 lakh acres of land in the state,
Amarinder alleged that SAD had 10 years to battle the case in the court effectively but failed to do anything.
“They (SAD) were only interested in creation of Punjabi Suba in order to rule a Sikh-dominated region for their vested interests,” he alleged.
“Why did Badal not tell the court that Punjab had no water to spare, with all the glaciers having melted,” the state Congress chief asked and reiterated his demand for the establishment of a new tribunal to assess the quantum of water available with the state.
Referring to the controversial Clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, Amarinder alleged Badal is misleading the state on the issue by making fraudulent claims on scrapping it.
He accused Badal of playing with the sentiments of the people and alleged that removal of the clause would not be acceptable to the BJP-led Central government, of which SAD is a part.
Political temperatures have risen in Punjab after the Supreme Court held as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by Punjab to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Punjab’s Dy CM Sukhbir Calls AAP a Tomfoolery

[Chandigarh,Punjab] Punjab’s Dy CM Sukhbir Calls AAP a Tomfoolery
Sukhbir Singh Badal Accuses AAP of “Befooling” People of Punjab
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Badal today accused AAP of “befooling” people of Punjab on SYL canal issue in order to secure votes in the wake of 2017 assembly polls.
Sukhbir said in a statement .”Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government is indulging in deceitful tactics by stating it wanted water for Delhi but leaving it to Punjab and Haryana to fight over the SYL canal,”
He said filing of affidavits in the Supreme Court was nothing but a “political ploy to befool” Punjabis and secure their votes in the 2017 assembly elections.
The Delhi government has in its revised affidavit filed in the Supreme Court said it is only concerned about continuing to get its share of river waters as per the 1976 notification.
“This notification led to the construction of the SYL canal. So effectively the Delhi government wants water to flow through this canal even though it has present water supply arrangement with Haryana”,
Asking Kejriwal to end this “double game”, Badal said “you cannot keep playing cat and mouse forever. Punjabis just want you to answer a simple question. Are you in favour of construction of the SYL canal or not? This answer will determine whether you are in favour of the Punjabi farmer or against him”,
Sukbir said Kejriwal first claimed that he was against construction of the SYL canal when on a visit to Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.
Kejriwal, however, on reaching Delhi took a U turn and said everyone should get water, meaning his native State Haryana should get water from the SYL canal,
The SAD president said if the AAP government was really sincere towards Punjabi farmers it should pass a resolution in its assembly supporting the stand taken by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the SYL canal.

Dabang Haryanavi Minister Vij Hits Out at Punjabi Badal&Dehliiete Kejriwal For SYL

[Ambala,Haryana]Dabang Haryanavi Minister Vij Hits Out at Punjabi Badal & Dehliiete Kejriwal For SYL
Dabang Hariyanavi Minister Vij Hits Out at Punjab Govt For SYL Canal
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today hit out at the Punjab government over its “arrogant attitude” and asked its Chief Minister to honour the Supreme Court’s directive on the issue.
The SC had on Thursday directed maintenance of status quo on land meant for SYL canal after Haryana alleged that attempts were being made to alter its use by levelling it.
“The arrogant attitude of Punjab Government is not healthy for democracy. The Punjab CM should honour the order of the Supreme Court in SYL matter,” Vij said.
On Punjab Assembly’s resolution over the issue yesterday, he said, “This move is like a head-on collision between the Judiciary and the Legislature.”
“It is the Union Government’s responsibility that Punjab strictly implements the Supreme Court direction regarding SYL Canal,” Vij said.
He also accused Punjab government of trying to “draw political gains” out of SYL issue as the state will have election next year.
Haryana Cabinet Minister also accused the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “betraying” his native land, Haryana.
Referring to Jat reservation issue, he said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has already assured the leaders of the community about passing the Bill in the ongoing session of the Assembly.
Vij also accused Congress of not attending the Assembly session as the party lacked “moral courage” to face the members.
“Congress not only boycotted from the all-party meeting (on SYL issue) but its MLAs did not attend Assembly session even after their suspension was revoked,”

Punjab Dispatched Rs191.75Cr Of SYL Funds to Haryana:Legal Battle Returns

[Chandigarh,Punjab] SAD+BJP Led Punjab Govt Returns all SYL Funds to Haryana
Punjab Cabinet has taken a decision to return all funds received by the state from Haryana for the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal,
The Punjab government today despatched a cheque of Rs 191.75 crore to Haryana government.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a DO letter to his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar this evening apprised him about the Council of Minister s decision to return the entire fund received by Punjab from Haryana for the SYL Canal,
“I am, therefore enclosing herewith a cheque bearing No’ 997640 for an amount of Rs 191.75 crore”, said the letter written by Badal to Haryana Chief Minister.
The decades-long legal dispute between Punjab and Haryana on the sharing of river waters is back in the spotlight.
This week, the Supreme Court resumed hearings on the validity of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act of 2004.
The Punjab Cabinet had yesterday approved to return the entire money which it had received from Haryana in respect of SYL.
The Cabinet had also reiterated the SAD-BJP alliance government s firm commitment not to allow even a single drop of its rightful river waters to Haryana.
The Punjab government on Monday had passed a bill in the State Assembly seeking to re-vest property rights to the owners of nearly 4000 acres of land from whom it was acquired to construct the main Satluj Yamuna Link canal, with generous provisions for returning the compensation.
Haryana had paid compensation to the owners of the land at the time of acquisition of the land in Punjab.

Punjab’s All MLAs Accompanied CM Badal And Met Governor For SYL Canal

[Chandigarh,Punjab]Punjab’s All MLAs Accompanied CM Badal And Met Governor For SYL Canal
Cutting across party lines, all Punjab MLAs accompanied Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki and requested him to grant ascent to the new Bill on Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal passed by the Assembly for de-notification of land acquired for the canal.
As per sources ,The Governor listened to Badal and other leaders but did not make any commitment on ascent to the Bill,
Apart from Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, almost all the legislators of SAD, Congress, including Leader of Opposition in state assembly Charanjit Singh Channi, BJP and independents accompanied Badal to the Raj Bhawan.
The CM had led the delegation to the Governor seeking approval of the Bill, unanimously passed by the Punjab Assembly on Monday.
The festering row over sharing of the Ravi-Beas waters escalated yesterday with Punjab Assembly passing the bill against construction of contentious SYL canal, sparking an immediate adoption of a resolution by Haryana Assembly condemning the other state’s move as “unconstitutional”