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SYL Row: Amarinder, Congress MLAs resign in wake of SC verdict
10.11.16 - TEAM PT
SYL Row: Amarinder, Congress MLAs resign in wake of SC verdict



Amarinder Singh, Congress Member of Parliament, Thursday resigned from his post. The decision came in the wake of SC’s order on Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal land dispute. The Supreme Court Thursday held Punjab Government’s 2004 move to terminate the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal agreement, unconstituitonal.
 
Haryana government had approached the apex court following Punjab government’s refusal to release water. A constitution judge comprising of five judges, Anil.R. Dave, Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Shiva Kirti Singh, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Amitava Roy heard a presidential reference to examine the legality of the PTA, 2004 which scrapped water sharing agreements with neighbouring states.
 
Amarinder, who is also former Punjab Chief Minister, has sent his resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker, copy of which was released to the media here, and has also sought a personal meeting with the Speaker next week.
 
 
The party MLAs have also sent their resignations to the Speaker, Punjab Assembly, and will meet him tomorrow morning to personally hand over their papers.
 
Describing the Supreme Court judgment on the SYL dispute as a "major blow to the people of Punjab,” Amarinder said he had always fought for Punjab’s legitimate rights on this issue and will continue to stand by the state’s farmers.

Blaming the Akali Dal for bringing things to this pass, Amarinder said Badal and his team failed to defend Punjab’s stand in court, leading to a disastrous verdict for the state. "The Akalis have let down the people of Punjab, selling out to Haryana,” he said.
 
Reacting to the developments, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar hailed the Supreme Court verdict on the presidential reference in the SYL case. 
 
Khattar said that although the decision came late, it is in favour of Haryana and he welcomes it.
 
The apex court in 2004 had ordered in a 1996 case that SYL canal construction must continue without any hinderance. The agreement, between Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan was signed in 1981.




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Tough times ahead for Punjab? Badal calls Cabinet's emergency meeting
09.11.16 - team pt
Tough times ahead for Punjab? Badal calls Cabinet's emergency meeting



The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today decided that any agency trying to usurp the share of river waters of state by ignoring the universally accepted Riparian Principle will not be allowed to enter Punjab. 
 
The Core Committee of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today decided to convene an emergency meeting of Punjab Cabinet on Thursday, November 10 at 6 pm to discuss the situation in light of the verdict likely to be delivered by the Supreme Court on SYL issue tomorrow.
 
In a unanimous resolution passed during an emergency meeting of the party presided over by the Akali Dal Patron and Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh  Badal here today, it was decided that the SAD will not allow even a drop of river waters of Punjab to go to any other state. 
 
Disclosing this here today, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains said that there was heavy outrage amongst the people due to the grave injustices done by the successive Congress governments at the centre with the state. He said that the party has reiterated that Punjab neither has any spare water for any other state nor anybody has the right to snatch it. 
 
Squarely holding Congress party and the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi responsible for this grave injustice with the state, Akali Dal held Indira Gandhi accountable for depriving the state of its legitimate share in river waters. 
 
The party said that the decision to snatch the river waters of state was taken by Indira Gandhi and the present state Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh had invited her to lay the foundation of SYL Canal at Kapoori to rob the river waters of the state. Even Captain had followed Indira and performed the earth breaking ceremony himself. 





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Kirpal Singh Badungar appointed as SGPC President for second time
05.11.16 - TEAM PT
Kirpal Singh Badungar appointed as SGPC President for second time



Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar was appointed the 41st president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at the Sikh body’s general house meeting here on Saturday.
 
Badungar's name was proposed by the Punjab Cabinet Minister Tota Singh and seconded by former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur during the general house meeting of the SGPC here.
 
He replaces Avtar Singh Makkar.

There was some opposition to his name by a few members who had proposed the name of Surjit Singh Kalhapura. But the matter was resolved after Kalhapura withdrew his candidature.

However, Kalhapura was included in the 11-member executive body of the SGPC.
 
On Friday, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal held a meeting with the member of SGPC to discuss the names of president and office bearers.

Falling in the party’s criteria to have an educated, a face acceptable to the larger Sikh diaspora and a known non-confrontationist fits into the party’s aspirations at a time when it is heading for a high stake assembly polls in a three months time.
 
Badungar was elected as president of the Sikh body for the second time. He had earlier served as the SGPC chief in 2001.
 
The meeting elected Baldev Singh Kiampuri from Haryana as senior Vice President, Baba Buta Singh as Junior Vice President and Amarjit Singh Chawla as General Secretary.
 
There are 190 members in the General House as 170 are elected, 15 are nominated and the five Takht heads are permanent members.

Five Takht heads, who are permanent members, don't have voting rights.




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Captain Amarinder gets into war mode on ex-serviceman’s suicide; announces state-wide protests
03.11.16 - TEAM PT
Captain Amarinder gets into war mode on ex-serviceman’s suicide; announces state-wide protests



The Punjab Congress on Thursday went into a war mode over ex-serviceman’s suicide on the OROP issue, with president Captain Amarinder Singh announcing state-wide protests by party workers to be held in all districts on Friday against the shabby and inhumane treatment meted out to deceased Subedar Ram Kishen’s family.
 
Lashing out at the Modi government in general, and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in particular, Captain said they were both responsible for Subedar Ram Kishen’s suicide.
 
"Party workers have been directed to hold dharnas in all the districts of Punjab while I will personally lead a delegation of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders to submit a memorandum of protest to the state Governor on the issue of the police misbehavior with the ex-serviceman’s family,” said Amarinder.
 
Announcing this at a press conference here, the PPCC president unequivocally condemned the shocking high-handedness of the Delhi Police against AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi as well as the family of Subedar (Retd) Ram Kishen, who committed suicide in New Delhi on Thursday. Ram Kishen, in his suicide note, had blamed the prolonged delay over the OROP settlement for his decision to take the extreme step.
 
Amarinder pointed out that despite Narendra Modi having repeatedly promised one rank one pension for ex-servicemen during his election campaign, he backed out from his promise after becoming the Prime Minster.
 
Capt. Amarinder said the suicide by Subedar Ram Kishen incident reflected complete apathy of the NDA government to the plight of soldiers. "It has led to total demoralisation of the forces, which are feeling gravely let down after the incident," said the PPCC president.
 
"On the one hand you are trying to glorify the achievements of our defence forces and even trying to make political capital out of these, and on the other you are demoralising them by not giving them OROP and even downgrading their status in comparison to their civilian counterparts,” he told Modi, warning him that this can have dangerous and disastrous repercussions for the country. He said no country could afford a demoralised defence force.
 
Capt. said the suicide by Subedar Ram Kishen incident reflected complete apathy of the NDA government to the plight of soldiers. "It has led to total demoralisation of the forces, which are feeling gravely let down after the incident," said the PPCC president.
 
He reiterated his demand for the ouster of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his "insensitivity" to the problems of ex-servicemen. Alleging that the defence minister had no idea how the armed forces function, Captain Amarinder demanded his immediate replacement.
 
"As a soldier myself I cannot allow the dignity of army personnel to be compromised in any manner, " said Captain Amarinder, adding that the Modi government seemed hell bent on demoralizing the country’s defence personnel. He also lashed out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who had reportedly dismissed the plea of ex-servicemen on the contentious OROP matter, which the BJP had promised to resolve in its election manifesto.




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