Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today said that had Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not played the double game on the SYL issue, Punjab’s legal position would have been stronger.
"Thanks to his (Badal’s) playing the double game on the SYL issue, we lost in the Supreme Court what we had gained in the Vidhan Sabha”, the former Chief Minister, who had enacted the Termination of Agreements Act in 2004 that saved Punjab’s waters from being given to other non-Riparian states, said in a statement issued here today.
"Badal, like an old fox, and in his characteristic way played the double game by first getting the bill passed in the Vidhan Sabha but not sending it to the Governor for his assent apparently to provide crucial time to Haryana to approach the Supreme Court which ordered the status quo thus nullifying everything that was done in the Vidhan Sabha with Congress support”, he pointed out, while asking the Badals, "so what is there to celebrate about it?”
He recalled and referred to the Termination of Agreements Act passed during his time in 2004 where it became a law within a span of less than six hours only. "We passed the bill during the noon, got the Governor’s assent in the afternoon and notified it before the evening the same day”, he pointed out, while suspecting Badal’s intentions.
The former Chief Minister observed, no matter how much Badal may claim credit on SYL, the actual fact remains that he has always betrayed the Punjab’s interest. He pointed out, it was Badal who accepted Rs 2 crores in 1977 from the then Haryana Chief Minister Devi Lal for constructing the canal.
Capt Amarinder also took a dig at the Chief Minister and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Badal for getting themselves declared to be "messiah of farmers” and "saviour of waters” respectively, when actually they had betrayed the people on both counts.
"It is amusing that they are trying to celebrate the defeat, when actually they should feel sorry and ashamed”, he remarked, while pointing out, how farmers were killing themselves and committing suicide under Badal’s rule, the self proclaimed "messiah”.