Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > News > Report

SYL canal row: PM ticks off Punjab CM

July 14, 2004 09:56 IST
Last Updated: July 14, 2004 11:04 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reportedly ticked off Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for precipitating a constitutional crisis on the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal issue.

The Supreme Court had told the Centre to take up construction of the canal in Punjab if the State does not do so by July 15 to honour an agreement on sharing of waters of the Ravi and Beas rivers with Haryana and Rajasthan, which expect to benefit immensely from this canal.

The two States had been pressing Punjab to expedite the work but the latter had been dillydallying in deference to the wishes of its farmers who have been opposing the canal fearing losing water to the two neighbouring States.

Also Read

Punjab annuls water sharing agreements

In an unprecedented move, the Punjab assembly at a specially convened one-day session on Monday unanimously passed a Bill terminating all agreements relating to sharing of waters of the Ravi and Beas rivers with Haryana and Rajasthan and got the governor's approval for the same all within eight hours.

In this, the ruling Congress got the full cooperation of the opposition Akali Dal led by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

However, the Indian Express reports, the Punjab chief minister had not consulted either the prime minister or Congress chief Sonia Gandhi before introducing the Bill in the state assembly putting both in an awkward position.

The prime minister is slated to meet the chief ministers of the three States to work out a solution to the water sharing problem.

More reports from Punjab
Read about: Striking a Discordant Note

Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 9

Sub: SYL issue

This is really a dangerous/precarious situation.How can/shall a state government unilaterally terminates the water treaty with other states whatever be the causes.this is not acceptable ...

Posted by anwar


Such an arrogant selfish attitude of upper riparian states would only sow the seeds for secession from the country. I would not be surprised if ...

Posted by Brendon Taylor

Sub: Enuff

Punjab has no water to spare and that depriving the state of its waters would render many areas arid

Posted by Mater Rakesh

Sub: I agree with Captian Amrinder Singh

He has taken the right step for the protection of Punjabi farmers.Though this is a tactic to please the punjabis who have been ticked off ...

Posted by Master Rakesh

Sub: SYL issue: PM ticks off Amrinder

The last line of the report makes an interesting reading. Captain Amarindersingh has the mandate!! Does he really need to ask Sonia Gandhi?

Posted by Prakash



Copyright 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.