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.