Chandigarh belongs to Punjab and always will be : Navjot Singh Sidhu
- It’s not about Chandigarh, the target is Rivers water: Navjot Singh Sidhu
Taruni Gandhi, Chandigarh : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said that Chandigarh belongs to Punjab and always will be. Along with this, he said that Punjab’s “next big fight” with Haryana will be over the water of rivers.
Sidhu’s remarks came after Haryana top brass of leaders had demanded the completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal to get the state’s river water share from Punjab. Haryana leaders have also demanded the transfer of 400 Hindi-speaking villages to Haryana.
Days after the Punjab Assembly passed a resolution to immediately transfer Chandigarh to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-ruled Punjab, the Haryana government on Tuesday convened a special session of the Legislative Assembly here. The Union Territory of Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.
Sidhu tweeted in Hindi, “The 27 villages of Punjab were, is and will remain in Chandigarh, Punjab, built from the ruins of the desolate…. Kahin pe nigahain kahin pe nishana….” He indicated this by saying that the real target of Haryana is not Chandigarh but water of rivers.
He said, “Chandigarh is just an excuse, the target is the water of the river of Punjab. Be careful the next big fight will be for the river waters of Punjab.
Sidhu, who recently lost the election from Amritsar East assembly seat, also tagged AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with his tweet.
The issue of SYL canal has been a matter of dispute between Punjab and Haryana for several decades.
In the past, Punjab has been demanding a re-assessment with respect to its share of waters of the Ravi-Beas rivers, while Haryana has been demanding completion of the SYL canal so that it can get 3.5 million acre-feet of water from its share.
The move of the Punjab government to bring a resolution in the state assembly came after the Center announced that the Central Service Rules would be applicable to the employees of the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
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