Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today warned Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh against “any overt or covert agreement that compromises the vital interests of the state on the river water issue”.
He said the river water was the lifeline of the people of the border state, especially its farmers. He was referring to a scheduled meeting between the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers on the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal.
In a statement here, Sukhbir promised the Chief Minister that the SAD would rise above all political considerations and extend full support to him as long as he stuck to Punjab’s long-held and constitutionally valid stand based on the riparian principle. “We will back your efforts to safeguard the interests of the state along the nationally and internationally accepted riparian principle. There is no case for the construction of the SYL as there is no water available to flow through it,” he added.