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Don’t compromise on state waters: Sukhbir

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19

SAD president and former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today warned Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh against "compromising on Punjab's consistent and principled stand on the Riparian Principle with regard to the unsustainable demand for distribution of Punjab's river waters."

The Akali leader said the SYL issue stood closed forever after Parkash Singh Badal-led government had returned the acquired land to farmers.

The SAD president said Amarinder should have categorically told the Union Water Resources Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, that massive injustice had been done to Punjab by the successive Congress governments by looting Punjab's waters and giving it to Rajasthan and Haryana, unjustly.

The Akali leader said building a canal without determining the quantum of water, if any, to flow through it was a "patently absurd idea" . "Never in human history has a canal ever been built without first ascertaining the availability of the water," he said.

He reiterated that Punjabis and SAD would never accept the construction of the SYL nor allow it to be built.

from The Tribune

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