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Amarinder Singh welcomed Indira Gandhi to loot river waters of Punjab: Sukhbir Badal
18.11.16 - TEAM PT
Amarinder Singh welcomed Indira Gandhi to loot river waters of Punjab: Sukhbir Badal



Castigating Congress for inflicting atrocities on the State, Punjab Dy. CM Sukhbir Badal said it was Indira Gandhi who laid the foundation stone of SYL and captain Amarinder Singh welcomed her on the occasion to loot river waters of Punjab. He emphasized that it is the SAD, second oldest pary of nation, which always stood up and fought for the rights of Punjab.
 
Terming SAD-BJP government as the saviours of river waters of Punjab, he made it absolutely clear that the state has not even a single drop to spare for other states. He divulged that the cabinet has already denotified the SYL canal land and the Punjab Vidhan Sabha has also unanimously passed resolution with directions to the government, administration and employees neither to cooperate nor to help any agency in the construction of the canal.




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Modi’s demonetisation move has brought India’s economy to standstill: Capt. Amarinder
18.11.16 - TEAM PT
Modi’s demonetisation move has brought India’s economy to standstill: Capt. Amarinder



Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s draconian demonetisation move, while alleging that the Badal government in the state was sitting pretty while lakhs of people were suffering from acute cash crunch.
 
Talking to mediapersons outside the Dera Bassi branch of the State Bank of India (SBI), where he stopped over on way from Delhi to Chandigarh, he said while the people of Punjab were facing unprecedented financial crisis, the Badals were completely unconcerned about their plight since they had control of various institutions and businesses to transform their own black money into white.
 
Captain, who joined the local Congress leaders and workers helping out harassed people at the bank, lamented the problems faced by the people, many of whom had been standing in queues for hours.
 
The situation, said Capt. Amarinder, was extremely grave, yet the Badal government was taking no steps to ease the discomfort of the people, who complained to the Punjab Congress president that they were finding it difficult to survive in the absence of petty cash to see them through even a single day.
 
The Badals are naturally not worried since they own several hotels, transport business etc to help them get through the demonetisation-triggered crisis, he said. The Punjab Congress chief reiterated his allegation that the Badals will simply pass off their black money as `chadawa’ at the gurudwaras through the SGPC, which is also under the Akali control.




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Resolution to not let SYL be constructed passed in Punjab Vidhan Sabha
16.11.16 - TEAM PT
Resolution to not let SYL be constructed passed in Punjab Vidhan Sabha



CM Parkash Singh Badal today moved a resolution in the specially convened Vidhan Sabha Session to direct the Punjab Government, Cabinet and entire Government Officers and Officials neither to hand over any land of the state to any agency for the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal nor allow anyone to work on this project and give any sort of cooperation for this purpose in the larger public interest.

The resolution, which was passed by the house unanimously, reads, "Whereas Punjab has Legislative and Exceutive Right over the whole land falling under its boundaries as per the entry number 14 and 18 of the state list of the 7th schedule of the Constitution of India”.

Whereas Punjab has also Legislative and Executive Right over water supply, irrigation and canals, drains, pathways, water reservoirs and hydro electricity as one entry no. 56 of the same schedule according to entry no. 17 of the state list of the 7thschedule of the Constitution of India. 

Houser takes notice of this fact that Punjab needs 56 MAF of water for agriculture, out of which river waters amount to only 27% of its and that the Central Ground Water Commission had already declared 105 out of 138 blocks as over exploited.

Without requisite waters, Punjab which is the grain bowl of India is continuously becoming barren and resultantly posing a threat to national food security and state economy. 

The House takes a serious view of the fact that Punjab is already falling short of its canal water needs and farmers of Punjab are facing serious water crisis. 

Keeping in view the larger interests of people of Punjab, the House unanimously directs the Punjab Government, Cabinet and entire Government Officers and Officials neither to hand over any land of the state to any agency for the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal nor allow anyone to work on this project and give any sort of cooperation for this purpose.




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Akali resolutions in Assembly irrational and illogical: Capt. Amarinder
16.11.16 - TEAM PT
Akali resolutions in Assembly irrational and illogical: Capt. Amarinder



Ridiculing the irrational and illogical resolutions passed by the Akali government in the special session of the state Assembly, Capt. Amarinder Singh on Wednesday flayed the Badal government’s refusal to acknowledge that the state had no surplus water to `either buy or sell.’
 
Punjab simply cannot give water to its non-riparian neighbours `at any cost,’ said Amarinder, pointing out that the state was itself facing such acute water scarcity that the question of sharing water did not arise. "But for some inexplicable reason, the Akali government’s resolution is completely silent on this key issue,” he said, dismissing as shameless the crude attempts of the Akali government to brush this critical aspect of the SYL matter under the carpet.
 
Captain lashed out at the Badal government for making no mention of Punjab’s acute water scarcity, and its consequent inability to share SYL water, in its resolution, which was blatantly in violation of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1955.
 
Capt. Amarinder pointed out that all pre-independence precedents, as cited in the resolution, had been overruled by the Act of 1955, which categorically laid down that all water sharing would be free of cost. "Since that was a central legislation, you would need to take the Centre’s permission before trying to negate it,” said Amarinder, asking Badal if he had taken the central government’s consent before resorting to such a measure.
 
The Badal government also seemed deliberately to have kept its resolution on recovery costs ambiguous, making no mention of future water sharing, but the intent was clear, said Captain Amarinder, adding that by seeking royalty for water shared with other states w.e.f 1966, the Akalis had laid the foundation for making similar demand for water sharing in the future.
 
"In any case, how is recovery of past water costs going to resolve the problem triggered by the Supreme Court verdict in the SYL case,” he asked CM Parkash Singh Badal, accusing him of trying to mislead the people of Punjab and to cheat them of their rightful due.
 
Capt. urged the central government’s intervention in the matter and asked it to present the real facts of the case before the Supreme Court to enable it to reach a logical conclusion, based on the ground realities. And the reality, he said, was that Punjab simply did not have surplus water to share with Rajasthan, Haryana or Delhi.
 
Calling upon the central government to appraise the apex court of the real facts of the matter, Captain Amarinder pointed out that the fact was that the centre itself had declared 3/4th of Punjab as `dark zone’ on account of the acute water scarcity in the region. So where does the question of sharing water, with or without cost, arise, he asked.
 
Referring to another Akali resolution passed in the special session, the PPCC chief dismissed it as farcical, given the fact that the government had on Tuesday denotified the SYL land acquisition. "What do they mean then by saying that the state government should not give the SYL land to the centre or any central agency, when there is no SYL land left now, in the wake of the Denotification Bill,” he demanded to know.




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CM Badal on SC Verdict: Punjab ka paani nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega
10.11.16 - TEAM PT
CM Badal on SC Verdict: Punjab ka paani nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega



Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday convened an "emergency meeting" after Punjab suffered a serious setback with the Supreme Court holding as "unconstitutional" the 2004 law passed by it to terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states.
 
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that water from Punjab rivers would not be allowed to go out of the state.

"Our main aim is to not let the water go, and we will do anything for that,” said Badal, adding: "As far as legal steps are concerned, our advocate will advise us on what can be legally done.”

"In a nutshell, all I can say is Punjab ka paani nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega," added Badal.
 
Badal said the SAD-BJP govt will not resign over the Supreme Court’s verdict.

"Haryanvis are our brothers, but we have to take a stand for Punjab, it’s our duty,” the Punjab CM said during the press conference. 

He also said that theCongress resignation is just a drama. "Our main aim is to not let the water go, and we will do anything for that”.
 
Addressing the similar conference, Punjab's Dy. CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "Punjab council of ministers declared that not a single drop of water from Punjab rivers would be allowed to go out of state. A decision taken at an emergency meeting of Punjab cabinet said that Punjab Govt would not allow SYL to be built at any cost nor a single brick would be allowed to be laid for its construction by any agency."
 
"Whether it is the Union government or Iraqi government or the American government, if anyone comes to snatch our water, we will not let them enter Punjab to implement orders against Punjabis,” Sukhbir said.
 
In a huge setback to the Akali Dal government in poll-bound Punjab, the Supreme Court today thwarted its attempt to wriggle out of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal water sharing pact, saying it cannot "unilaterally" terminate it or legislate to "nullify" the verdict of the highest court.




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