Chandigarh: The standoff over the Sutlej-Yamuna link (SYL) canal escalated further yesterday with MLAs of opposition INLD in Haryana and Congress in Punjab attempted to storm each other’s assemblies as the dispute threatened to embroil Delhi whose chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, opposed construction of the canal.
SAD activists fill the canal near Banu Chandigarh road. Pic/PTI
INLD legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala and state unit president Ashok Arora, went to the Punjab assembly, which is in session, and staged a protest at its gate against a bill passed on Monday by Punjab assembly that provides for returning 3,928 acres of land acquired for construction of SYL canal to original landowners. In a counter action, Congress MLAs of Punjab tried to barge into Haryana assembly but were stopped by the watch and ward staff.
Punjab defies SC
The SYL canal row stepped up with Punjab assembly unanimously passing a resolution against its construction saying the state does not have water to share with Haryana, which accused Punjab of ‘crossing all limits’ and decided to approach the Centre and SC. The development came a day after SC directed status quo on land meant for the canal.