Sukhbir Badal Attacks Arvind Kejriwal Over Sutlej-Yamuna Link Issue

June 17th, 2016

CHANDIGARH:  Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged "brazen opposition to the state over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) issue" through a affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court.

Sharpening his attack on the Aam Aadmi Party national convener, Mr Badal asked him to come to Punjab and "speak the same words which he has spoken in the national capital".

The Shiromani Akali Dal leader also asked Mr Kejriwal to clear his stand on the riprarian principle on the rights of river waters.

Mr Badal asked Mr Kejriwal to break his "silence" over the affidavit which Delhi government had submitted in the Supreme Court, challenging Punjab's claims on the river waters".

"It is painful that whenever Punjab seeks justice, people like Kejriwal rush to declare us anti-national. AAP government's affidavit in the Supreme Court describes Punjab's demand as divisive and dangerous to the unity and the integrity of the country," Mr Badal alleged.

"The SYL is a death-warrant for Punjab. There is no need to build it when even the issue of the states' rights over river waters had not been decided. It cannot be built and we will never allow it to be constructed. Every Punjabi stands behind the bill passed by the state Assembly," said Badal.