Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala said on Tuesday that until Punjab gives Haryana its share of the waters of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL), Haryana should close block its borders with Punjab, stopping the movement of people and goods. The INLD leader said that if the Khattar government decides to push Punjab to accept Haryana’s demand, they will support it.
Talking to reporters in Chandigarh thew INLD leader, Abhay Chautala said “Let the government take the decision today. We will support them till the time we do not get our rightful share of water. We will not allow anyone to enter through Haryana’s borders with Punjab.”
“We will stop the movement of goods going into that state from here till we get our share of water. Let them make a decision,” added the Ellenabad MLA.
Chautala said that for years INLD had been making efforts to get Haryana its “fair share of water”. He recalled that three years ago, his party workers had “blocked all routes to Punjab so that they realize that if they block our share of water, we will not allow them to enter Haryana.”
Abhay Singh Chautala, the younger son of INLD President and former Chief Minister OP Chautala, said that BJP has been in power in Haryana for six years but never showed seriousness on the SYL issue. He said that amidst the agitation by the farmers against the three new laws of the Center, the state BJP leadership is raising the SYL issue “to divide the farmers” but this is not going to happen, Farmers will make the Centre repeal the Agri laws”.
Abhay Singh Chautala claimed that the BJP leaders of Haryana are doing a fast in support of SYL which is just a political stunt. The MLA added that the farmers are forced to hold protests for their entitlements due to the wrong decisions of the central government.
Speaking further in the SYL issue he said if the state government is serious about the issue it should call a special assembly session as soon as possible and send a proposal to the Centre demanding construction of the SYL canal by the centre.
It is to be noted that opposing the SYL canal project, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had recently warned that “Punjab will burn if Punjab is forced to share water with Haryana.” SYL has been a contentious issue between the two states and the canal portion in Punjab is still incomplete which started in 1982. Punjab is seeking to re-assess the amount of water of the Ravi Beas River. Meanwhile, Haryana is demanding completion of construction of the SYL canal to get its share of 35 lakh acre-feet of water.