Captain Amarinder Singh of Congress has decided to resign as Lok Sabha Member of Parliament protesting the Supreme Court Verdict on the Sutlej-Yamuna canal link row. The SC said that the 2004 Punjab law which scraps water sharing with states is illegal and unconstitutional in itself. It further said that Punjab cannot unilaterally make decisions which involve other states as well. In response to this all Congress MLAs have also sent their resignations to Singh who is the chief of Punjab PCC. Also Read - President Signs Ordinance to Set up Committee to Monitor Air Pollution; AQI Deteriorates to 'Severe' in Many Areas in Delhi
In the same note, the members of the Akali Dal has also conveyed their displeasure and are speculating resignation as a form of protest against the SC verdict. Also Read - Over 70 Cows Die in shelter in Haryana's Panchkula Due to Suspected Food Poisoning
Holding that the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, was not in conformity with the provisions of the constitution, a constitution bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Amitava Roy answered in the negative all the four questions referred to the top court in a Presidential reference. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest Update: Good News For 2 Lakh State Govt Employee as Haryana Announces Festival Advance For Them
As this decision by the Parliamentarians have created an uproar in the political scenario of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh had reportedly declared beforehand that if the verdict goes against Punjab, he would give up his membership as an MP. Given that there are only few months left for the State Assembly polls, this period seems quite pivotal for any major political change.
The issue is regarding sharing Ravi-Beas river water primarily between Punjab and Haryana, apart from Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. After the formation of Haryana out of Punjab in 1966, the Sutlej Yamuna canal came into being for the sharing of Ravi and Beas river waters. But since then Punjab has been opposing it pointing that it will adversely affect its agriculture.
Centre is now supposed to take over the matter and the canal and continue with the work after SC orders, ANI reported about the verdict.