Shiromani Akali Dal today asked Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to clear his stand on his own Rajya Sabha MP Sandeep Pathak’s demand for SYL water for Haryana before calling opposition parties for a debate. He should hold a debate with his Haryana AAP unit on the SYL canal issue, the party said.
Addressing a press conference here today, SAD Legal Wing President Arshdeep Singh Kler said the Punjab CM first provided Ministerial Kothi No. 964 to Haryana AAP unit team for demanding construction of SYL canal and ensuring water supply for Haryana and now he is silent on statement of his own Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Sandeep Pathak who has publicly advocated supply of SYL water for Haryana. He asked the CM how a Punjab Rajya Sabha MP could demand water for Haryana from SYL and why he was silent on the issue.
Advocate Kler said that Bhagwant Mann should demand immediate suspension of the MP from the party while forwarding his case to the Rajya Sabha secretariat for his suspension and subsequently declaring his seat vacant for opposing Punjab’s rights in the country.
The SAD leader said that it was shocking that CM Bhagwant Mann is enacting the drama of debate on SYL as well as calling an illegal session of Vidhan Sabha on the issue which will have no positive outcome.
He said that instead of challenging opposition parties, Bhagwant Mann should hold a debate with his Haryana AAP unit on demand of SYL and Punjabis will be eager to see how he defends the rights of the state on the SYL canal issue or he will simply surrender rights of the state as he did in Supreme Court.
Advocate Kler reminded the CM that SAD and Punjabis will never allow SYL to be built in Punjab, so he should tell Arvind Kejriwal as well Haryana AAP unit that they should forget SYL canal water in Punjab.