Dr. Dharamvira Gandhi Member Parliament Patiala, in a statement here today described the threat by Abhay Chautala of INLD to stop Punjab government and Punjab leadership vehicles and busses passing through Haryana from July 10 onwards as if though "Thief! Himself crying Thief Thief!” and is a serious threat to Punjab.
Gandhi pointed out that it is not the SYL issue it is the water flow for last 60 years to Rajasthan and Haryana through Indra Gandhi canal and Bhakra main canal, which is the bigger issue and should be addressed first.
Gandhi described the water going to Rajasthan and Haryana for last 60 years as a violation of riparian rights over river water of Punjab, through fraud and conspiracy by central government in an unconstitutional way. The centre government intention infact were revealed in 1948 when Punjab sort to build a Head work at Harike through a proposal to planning commission to which the union government put a rider to build a canal for Rajasthan with a capacity to carry 18500 cu-secs of water. The state of Punjab which was divested by a communal division in 1947, with huge displacement of population was not in position to resist such a move and weak leadership tumbled to this manoeuvre. Gandhi pointed out that upto 1948 Rajasthan was paying royalty to Punjab for the water it was receiving through Gang Nehar. But the 1948 decision, stopped the payment of royalty to Punjab and in addition allowed 18500 cu-secs of water free through another canal.
Gandhi said that the 1981 agreement between the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan through arm twisting by Indra Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India is and unlawful and unconstitutional agreement. He argued that Prime Minister nor any Chief Minister of any state has any right to forge an agreement on a subject on which the Assembly or Parliament has the sole right to make a law.
Gandhi recalled that a 1985 Rajiv-Longowal accord was another fraud perpetrated in Punjab. The Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi or Harcharan Singh Longowal had no any legal or constitutional right to make such an agreement. The clauses incorporated in this segment can only be legislated by Parliament of India and State legislature. He pointed out that the two signatory to the agreement Harcharan singh longowal and Surjit Singh Barnala even had no constitutional provisions to make an agreement, only state Assembly is empowered to legislate on the issue of waters.
Similarly the Punjab capital Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas could have been given to Punjab through an act of Parliament. He concluded that the accord made by Lt. Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister was encroachment on the rights of Indian Parliament and was unconstitutional.
Later on the clause 9.2 of this agreement was incorporated into the 1956 Act, Inter-state Punjab dispute through an amendment which in itself was in contradiction to the basic aim of the title of the Act. This Act was made for purely Inter-State River water dispute and was not applicable to Punjab water and through amendment and act of discrimination, deceit and outright violation was inflicted on Punjab. Hence Dr. Gandhi said this amendment is illegal.
Gandhi announced that to discuss all the issues pertaining to river waters, Punjab front and Radical people’s front Mansa has called a meeting of pro Punjab intellectuals, river water experts and social Activist on 28th May 2017 for a seminar in Patiala, where a discussion would occur as to how to defend Punjab river water through a legal step and mass mobilization.
Gandhi called upon all the pro Punjab people to join the discussion.