SAD: Water dispute Bill anti-Punjab
New Delhi, August 4
Less than a week after the Lok Sabha passed a Bill that seeks to streamline the adjudication of inter-state riverwater disputes, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), BJP’s oldest ally, today protested against it, saying it will not allow a drop of water to any other state as Punjab had no surplus water.
The SAD claimed the Bill was against the interests of the people of Punjab. Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, after a hurriedly convened meeting of the party core committee at his residence here, said the party would safeguard the interests of Punjab by any means, apprise the PM and Jal Shakti Minister GS Shekhawat on the gravity of the situation and urge them not to press the Bill in the Rajya Sabha in its present form.