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Ruling Akalis are on the warpath after SYL ruling


Explore options to bring a bill to scrap all water-sharing pacts

Chandigarh : Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Haryana on the Satluj-Yamuna Link issue, the ruling SAD is exploring options to bring a Bill for scrapping all water sharing pacts during the special session of Punjab Assembly convened on November 16 to discuss SYL issue.

Besides, taking the fight over the river water issue to Parliament, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to bring an adjournment motion in the coming session, seeking debate on whether the judiciary was bigger than the Constitution or vice versa.

“We are exploring options to bring a Bill in the special session of the state Assembly on November 16 to scrap all unconstitutional decisions on inter-state water sharing pacts,” SAD spokesman Prem Singh Chandumajra said on Saturday. SAD is examining the option through the Bill to stop the current flow of water to Haryana and Rajasthan, he said.

Asserting that SAD was getting ready for a “do-or-die battle,” the spokesman said the special session called on November 16 would decide “future of Punjab”. Chandumajra, who is a Lok Sabha MP, said the decisions taken with regard to the water sharing pacts pertaining to Punjab were either “politically motivated” or taken “under pressure”. “We are saying that states are the real owners of their waters as per riparian law,” he said.

Chandumarja further said that SAD would also raise the river water issue in Parliament.                “We will bring an adjournment motion in the Parliament and seek debate on whether the Constitution is above judiciary or judiciary is above Constitution,” he said; adding taht the party wanted to settle this matter “once and for all”.        The SAD leader further sought to know whether the judiciary could invalidate a law enacted by the State Assembly on a subject under its preview. The Lok Sabha MP also accused the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of imposing water sharing agreement on Punjab with neighbouring state.

A three-member legal team is critically examining the ruling of apex court in order to advice the Punjab government.

Political temperatures have risen in Punjab after 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.               –PTI

Badal questions Congress over resignations 

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday asked Congress leader Amarinder Singh and his party legislators from Punjab, who quit over the SYL dispute with Haryana, as to why other Congress MPs had not resigned to express solidarity with them.

“It’s ironical that as polls for state assembly are due, all the Congress MLAs resigned, but MPs shied away as they have fairly enough time to end their tenure,” Badal alleged.

Addressing a public gathering in the Lambi assembly segment, Badal said the resignation was aimed at deriving political benefit rather than safeguarding the interests of the state. He said it was an open secret that Amarinder Singh was desirous of contesting assembly polls due to which he had resigned from the Lok Sabha on pretext of the Supreme Court verdict on the SYL canal only to mislead people.