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No water to spare, says Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jhakar as SYL issue gathers steam

Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, July 28

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar mentioned on Tuesday that the state should first look out for the pursuits of its personal people—a assertion that comes after the Supreme Courtroom’s listening to of the water-sharing battle between Punjab and Haryana over the controversial Sutlej Yamuna Hyperlink Canal pushed it again into the limelight.

In its listening to on Tuesday, the Supreme Courtroom requested the 2 states to barter an answer for the problem that has defied a number of spherical of negotiations previously three many years.

Jakhar, who was reacting to Haryana Bharatiya Janata Celebration unit president OP Dhankar’s assertion on the Supreme Courtroom’s newest instructions within the SYL case, mentioned political will couldn’t supersede the curiosity of Punjab’s folks. “The Congress authorities led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had by no means shirked its humanitarian accountability however the acute water disaster confronted by the state prevented it from sharing its water sources with another state,” he mentioned.

On Dhankar’s remarks that Punjab owed it to Haryana’s farmers to present them their due, the Punjab Congress president mentioned as per the riparian precept, it was Punjab and its farmers who had the primary proper to the waters of the rivers flowing via the state. “Any violation of the riparian precept wouldn’t solely be in opposition to the regulation but additionally unjust to Punjab’s folks,” he mentioned.

Declaring that Captain Amarinder had been repeatedly asking for a contemporary evaluation of Punjab’s water availability in Beas and Ravi rivers, Jakhar mentioned such a reassessment would make the bottom state of affairs clear and would endorse Punjab’s stand on the SYL subject.

“Whereas the Punjab authorities had no objections to a negotiated settlement on the problem, as directed by the apex court docket, any dialogue must bear in mind the state of affairs on the bottom,” he mentioned.

 

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