Chandigarh: Terming the resolutions passed in the special session of Punjab Assembly as “irrational and illogical”, state Congress chief Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday, hit out at the Badal government’s “refusal” to acknowledge that the state has no surplus water. Asserting that Punjab is facing acute water crisis, he said the question of giving water to its non-riparian neighbours does not arise. “But for some inexplicable reason, the SAD government’s resolution is completely silent on this key issue,” Amarinder said, and termed as “shameless” the Akali government’s “crude attempts” to “brush this critical aspect of SYL issue under the carpet”.
He accused the Badal government of not mentioning Punjab’s acute water scarcity and its consequent inability to share water in the resolution. The state Congress chief said all pre-independence precedents, as cited in the resolution, had been overruled by the Act of 1955, which categorically lay down that all water sharing will be free of cost. “Since that was a Central legislation, you would need to take the Centre’s permission before trying to negate it,” he said, and asked Badal if he had taken the Centre’s consent before resorting to such a measure.–PTI