Chandigarh, Nov 10: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has urged the political parties in Punjab to respect the decision of the Supreme Court on the issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) and not to give political colour to the issue in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in the State.
Mr Manohar Lal, who was responding to the queries of media persons here today hoped that the decision would be amicably implemented.
On being asked to comment on the statement made by Punjab Chief Minister Mr Prakash Singh Badal that he would not allow to give even a single drop of SYL water to Haryana and is ready to make any sacrifice, Mr Manohar Lal said such acts should not be done in federal system. Our’s being a federal system, the decision of Supreme Court should be accepted by rising above politics.
When his attention was drawn towards the reports of resignation submitted by few leaders of Punjab, Mr Manohar Lal said that as the assembly elections are approaching in Punjab, the Political Parties are trying to give political colour to the issue of SYL which should not be done. He said that the decision of the Supreme Court would not affect the interest of Punjab. In reply to a question, Mr Manohar Lal said that this is not the question of BJP ruled State but it is a matter of distribution of water between the States. He said that Punjab and Rajasthan were already getting their share of water from Ravi-Beas waters but Haryana was deprived off its legitimate share of water. But after this decision, we would get 3.5 MAF of water as our share.
On being asked about the possibility of any tension which might be erupted following the judgment of the Supreme Court, he said that neither there is any such situation nor we would allow disruption of peace in the State.
In reply to another question, he said that now after this decision of the Supreme Court, the President of India would nullify the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and thereafter this judgment would be implemented.
Earlier, he welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court on Presidential Reference on Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) saying that with this decision the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha would be nullified and Haryana would get its legitimate share of 3.5 MAF surplus Ravi Beas waters for its parched land especially in southern Haryana through SYL.
He said that the State Government fast tracked the hearing on presidential reference which had been pending in the Supreme Court for the last 12 years. Today, the Supreme Court has announced its decision in favour of Haryana and he welcomes it.