Sutlej-Yamuna canal: SC says Punjab govt’s move unconstitutional, Amarinder Singh resigns

The government of Punjab earlier passed a law that terminates all the agreements with the neighboring states on the sharing of Sutlej-Yamuna river water

The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the Punjab government’s order that denies Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal water to Haryana, saying the move is unconstitutional.

Following the SC order,Former Punjab Chief Minister and Congres MP Amarinder Singh, now a Congress MP, resigned from the Lok Sabha, while all Congress Party MLA’s have sent their resignation in protest.

The government of Punjab earlier passed a law that terminates all the agreements with the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Delhi on the sharing of Sutlej-Yamuna river water.

A Constitution Bench of SC unanimously held the law pronouncing its verdict on the presidential reference of 2004 on the controversy relating to sharing of water, triggering a massive uproar in the poll-bound state.

The court answered in negative all the questions raised before it through presidential reference, arguing that the law is unconstitutional, media reports said.

The central government is expected to take over the canal and continue the construction work on it.

The Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, was passed at the initiative of then Congress government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh. The Congress has now blamed the Parkash Singh Badal government for the fiasco.

Talking to media, former CM Amarinder Singh said, “I have been saying this for long that he (Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal) must retire, let somebody else come,” the Financial Express reported.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s earlier said if the Supreme Court verdict on river water sharing goes against Punjab, the government and Punjabis will not accept it.