Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday convened an "emergency meeting" after Punjab suffered a serious setback with the Supreme Court holding as "unconstitutional" the 2004 law passed by it to terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that water from Punjab rivers would not be allowed to go out of the state.
"Our main aim is to not let the water go, and we will do anything for that,” said Badal, adding: "As far as legal steps are concerned, our advocate will advise us on what can be legally done.”
"In a nutshell, all I can say is Punjab ka paani nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega, nahin jaayega," added Badal.
Badal said the SAD-BJP govt will not resign over the Supreme Court’s verdict.
"Haryanvis are our brothers, but we have to take a stand for Punjab, it’s our duty,” the Punjab CM said during the press conference.
He also said that theCongress resignation is just a drama. "Our main aim is to not let the water go, and we will do anything for that”.
Addressing the similar conference, Punjab's Dy. CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "Punjab council of ministers declared that not a single drop of water from Punjab rivers would be allowed to go out of state. A decision taken at an emergency meeting of Punjab cabinet said that Punjab Govt would not allow SYL to be built at any cost nor a single brick would be allowed to be laid for its construction by any agency."
"Whether it is the Union government or Iraqi government or the American government, if anyone comes to snatch our water, we will not let them enter Punjab to implement orders against Punjabis,” Sukhbir said.
In a huge setback to the Akali Dal government in poll-bound Punjab, the Supreme Court today thwarted its attempt to wriggle out of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal water sharing pact, saying it cannot "unilaterally" terminate it or legislate to "nullify" the verdict of the highest court.