CHANDIGARH: Congress on Thursday demanded that Punjab be put under President’s rule and that assembly elections in the state be held in December instead of early 2017 even as the ruling SADBJP government said it would approach President Pranab Mukherjee not to accept the Supreme Court judgement on Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. The Punjab government also stressed that it would bring a legislation on not sharing river water with any state.The SC verdict resulted in former chief minister and Punjab PCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh resigning as Amritsar MP. All 42 MLAs of Congress will also resign on Friday.”The SC ruling against Punjab has come as a major blow to the people of the state, who need me in this hour of despair and with whom I stand in support at this critical juncture. I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect as a mark of protest against the deprivation of the people of my state of the much-needed Satluj river water,”
Amarinder said in his resignation.Taking potshots at CM Parkash Singh Badal, Amarinder said, “Badal has failed to safeguard the interests of the people of Punjab and will now try to cause trouble….so the sooner he’s out of power, the better for the state.”He also challenged Kejriwal to clarify his stand on SYL and whether he would allow the water from Punjab to be diverted to Haryana and Delhi. “Given the fact that he hails from Haryana and is the Chief Minister of Delhi, Kejriwal will never support Punjab on the issue of SYL,” he said, pointing out that the Kejriwal government had, in fact, filed an affidavit in SC supporting Haryana in the matter.
On his part, Badal said: “We are taking three steps.First, we will approach the President to not accept the SC order. Second, we are calling a special vidhan sabha session to pass a cabinet resolution on not sharing any more water with any state on November 16. Third, we have made a clarion call to all Punjabis to gather at Moga on December 8 to protest against the order. “He said Haryana was free to choose its path.”We can’t force them to toe our line,” he added.A senior SAD minister said: “The new ordinance will be similar to our de-notification bill in March. Legislations can’t be overturned by the Centre or SC, but can only be challenged.” However, neither the CM nor his son and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal disclosed how they would legally challenge the SC order.Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said the order had brought smiles on the faces of all Haryanavis because now the state would get its legitimate share of water.