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Congress’ Punjab, Haryana leaders at loggerheads on SC order

New Delhi : Congress leaders from Punjab and Haryana were at loggerheads on Thursday as the Supreme Court struck down the Punjab law scrapping all water-sharing agreements with other states, while the party itself held that the issue must be settled amicably between the two states.

While Punjab Congress chief and Lok Sabha member from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from parliament as a mark of protest, Congress leader from Haryana Randeep Singh Surjewala called it a “historic and pathbreaking” verdict.

“A historic & path breaking verdict by Supreme Court upholds Haryana’s claim on SYL. Victory for people, justice for Haryana. Satyamev Jayate!” Surjewala tweeted.

Amarinder Singh wrote in his resignation letter addressed to the Lok Sabha Speaker that he is resigning as a mark of protest against the deprivation of the people of the state of the Sutlej river water.

“I have quit, all the Congress MLAs will quit tomorrow (Friday) and we’ll go to the people now,” Singh told reporters.

Surjewala, in a series of tweets, said: “It’s a victory of justice and truth. victory of the Constitution. In the interest of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji immediately implement the court order on Sutlej-Yamuna canal.”

“Modji, Supreme Court has given the responsibility to the centre to build the canal and to give water to Haryana. BJP government is there in the centre, Punjab and Haryana.

“Now, ball is in Modiji’s court. The 2.5 crore people of Haryana don’t want charity, they want their rights.”

Meanwhile, the official line of Congress is that the issue must be resolved amicably between the two states.

“The issue must be resolved keeping in mind the aspirations of the people of both the states. It must be resolved amicably and in a fair manner,” Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told IANS.

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