Amarinder flays Badal for silence over Hansi Bhutana Canal

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Old 18-May-2011
Amarinder flays Badal for silence over Hansi Bhutana Canal

Ferozepur May 18:

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Amarinder Singh said the construction of a concrete wall along the controversial Hansi-Bhutana canal in Haryana was illegal and contemptuous of the Supreme Court orders.

He also questioned the silence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue which, he said, was criminal negligence on his part as it amounted to compromising the interests of the state. Addressing a press conference after meeting the workers of Ferozepur City, Ferozepur Rural, Zira and Guru Harsahai assembly segments, Capt Singh pointed out that the Supreme Court was to decide the issue of the sharing of the waters.

''Until the Supreme Court does not take a final decision in the case it is illegal to construct the concrete walls on the canal'', he said. He expressed surprise as to why Mr Parkash Singh Badal was not approaching the Supreme Court for stopping the construction of the wall as it was his moral duty to do so ''lest Punjab loses the precious water to Haryana while the case remains pending in the court.'' Asked as whether he could raise the issue with Haryana since it was the Congress government there, Capt Amarinder said, ''This is no partisan issue. The issue concerns the whole of Punjab and we must rise above partisan levels''.

Summing up his meeting with party workers of Ferozepur district, he said that most of them had come with the cases of vendetta registered against them by the police at the behest of the Akalis. He reiterated his party’s plans to constitute a high powered commission to probe the cases of vendetta against the party workers.

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