regular-article-logo Friday, 14 June 2024

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann targets Opposition leaders over Sutlej Yamuna Link canal issue

The Congress, BJP and SAD have held protests over the past few days, slamming the Mann government over the issue

PTI Chandigarh Published 11.10.23, 04:20 PM
Bhagwant Mann

Bhagwant Mann File picture

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Wednesday hit back at Opposition leaders for accusing his government of failing to safeguard the state's interest on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

Opposition leaders including Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal, state Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Partap Singh Bajwa have been attacking the government over the vexed issue.


Their criticism came following the Supreme Court directive on October 4, asking the Centre to conduct a survey of land in Punjab that was allocated for the construction of the canal's portion in the state and make an estimate of the extent of work carried out there.

The Congress, BJP and SAD have held protests over the past few days, slamming the Mann government over the issue.

In a post on X, Mann hit back at them asking if these leaders "carry some shame" when they leave home.

Congress veteran the late Balram Jakhar (father of Sunil Jakhar) and Amarinder Singh, who is now with the BJP, and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had supported the construction of SYL canal in Punjab, Mann said.

"Balram Jakhar stood with Captain (Amarinder Singh) in a photo of silver spade (a picture taken during the ground-breaking ceremony for the SYL canal in Punjab)…Devi Lal (former Haryana chief minister) praised in Haryana Vidhan Sabha Parkash Singh Badal (former Punjab CM) for giving nod to carry out a survey for SYL," Mann said in his post.

Mann said opposition leaders should not worry about river water as he, as a child, used to guard a water course in his village. "Today, the God has assigned me the task of protecting the Sutlej." Mann asked the opposition party leaders to come for an open debate on November 1.

Earlier, he had alleged these leaders "betrayed" Punjab and its people and their hands and souls were "drenched in blood".

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

Follow us on: