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Badal to lead Akali “protest dharna” against Bhagwant Mann’s “water surrender” on river waters


Badal to lead Akali “protest dharna” against Bhagwant Mann’s “water surrender” on river waters


No compromise on vital interests of panth and punjab:  Badal


Punjab has not a single drop of water to spare: Akali chief to Bhagwant Mann


Chandigarh May 23- Shiromani Akali Dal will stage a protest dharna at Abohar tomorrow against Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s “surrender on river waters” to Rajasthan. Party president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal will lead the dharna which will begin at 11 am.


    Mr Badal made this announcement at the party headquarters here this afternoon. He was reacting to questions by media persons on reports that the Punjab Chief Minister had committed to increase river water supply from Punjab to Rajasthan from the present 700 cusecs to 1200 cusecs. The reports quoted the Rajasthan leader Mr Hanuman Beniwal claiming that a commitment to this effect had been made by Mr Mann during their meeting at Bathinda on Sunday.


  In a statement here, Mr Badal said that the Shiromani Akali Dal,  as the guardian of the interests of Panth and Punjab, will not remain a mute witness to AAP government’s surrender and  loot of Punjab’s river waters through “a secret and arbitrary  sell out “ to Rajasthan . We asked the Punjab CM to clarify his position on the reports but although more than a day has passed since the reports appeared, he still chooses to hide behind silence in order to quietly go ahead with the surrender. We won’t allow this to happen” said Mr Badal.


Mr Badal said that this latest “surrender” by the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government in Punjab was merely a continuation of a long history of betrayals of Punjab’s and Panth’s vital interests on every religious, economic, territorial and river waters issues.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival has always led in this loot of Punjab’s river waters to both Haryana and Delhi and Bhagwant Mann has always quietly and meekly acquiesced in this loot.


“Clearly under instructions from his boss Kejrival,  Bhagwant Mann has now agreed to sign away more river water to Rajasthan, dealing a death blow to the already beleaguered farmers of Punjab and to the overall economy of the state.  Mann had earlier virtually surrendered Punjab’s legitimate claim on Chandigarh by begging for space in our own capital to set up a separate legislative assembly instead of asking Haryana to shift out of here.” EOM


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