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SYL Row: CM Badal meets Senior Counsel Harish Salve
29.11.16 - TEAM PT
SYL Row: CM Badal meets Senior Counsel Harish Salve



Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met senior counsel Harish Salve representing the state in the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) case in the Supreme Court, slated for hearing on November 30.
 
Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Badal called on Harish Salve in his office on Tuesday morning and apprised him that SYL was not merely a political or legal issue for them rather it was an emotive issue, which should be tackled as top priority with utmost sensitivity and caution, as river waters was the lifeline of every Punjabi especially the farmers.
 
Badal said that according to the Riparian Principles, Punjab had absolute right over its river waters but through various agreements and decisions it had been robbed of its due share in broad daylight.

"The people of Punjab are the custodians of the river waters in the state and won’t allow to share a single drop of it with any state as Punjab didn’t have spare water to share with anyone,” he said.
 
The Chief Minister told the counsel that despite the owners of river waters, the farmers of Punjab had to rely heavily on tubewells, as 73 per cent of irrigation was being done through them resulting in fast depletion of water table.

He said 110 out of 135 of Punjab's blocks have turned "dark" - meaning an alarming crisis of underground water availability. Out of these, 45 blocks have been declared "critical" by the Central Groundwater Board and no further water could be drawn from sub surface resource in these 45 blocks.

He added that now the situation has become extremely grave and to tolerate this injustice would amount to signing a death warrant of Punjab and Punjabis.

"Punjab didn't have a single drop of water to share with anyone and any attempt to divest river waters of Ravi, Beas from Punjab and forcefully implementing the decision to construct SYL on Punjab in defiance to nationally and internationally accepted riparian principles will never be tolerated at any cost," he added.




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Capt. Amarinder writes to Rajnath seeking immediate dismissal of Badal govt
28.11.16 - TEAM PT
Capt. Amarinder writes to Rajnath seeking immediate dismissal of Badal govt



Capt. Amarinder Singh has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking immediate dismissal of the Badal government and imposition of the President’s Rule in Punjab in the wake of the Nabha jail break incident.
 
In a separate communication, Captain has also written to Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nasim Zaidi urging imposition of the Code of Conduct without further delay and holding of the Assembly elections under President’s Rule.
 
In his letter to the home minister, the Punjab Congress president said that going by the trend of the incumbent government in the state, "with the elections coming close and with their chances of winning very meager, they would try to resort to polarization of communities.”
 
 

Amarinder cited the tearing of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargadi, followed by several similar incidents across Punjab, as well as the desecration of Bhagwad Gita and the Quran, to point to the growing attempts of the Badal government to polarize communities. He further noted that the public admission of the DGP that there were 52 armed gangs operating in the state with impunity had been proven on Sunday with the Nabha jail break.
 
Such attempts to polarize communities are part of the Akali functioning, said Amarinder, urging the home minister to dismiss the Badal government to preserve peace in the state. "Otherwise I believe this issue will escalate and lead to an explosive situation,” he warned.
 
In a similar vein, Captain urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take serious note of the situation in Punjab and initiate immediate steps to impose the Code of Conduct and hold free and fair polls under President’s Rule.
 
Stating that the Nabha jail break vindicated the earlier Congress stand of apprehension of violence in the state during the Assembly elections, Capt. Amarinder said armed gangs had a free run of the state under the Badal regime, which has completely politicized the police forces.
 
"It is more than evident that the current situation in Punjab is not conducive to the conduct of free and fair polls in the state. I apprehend that things will degenerate further as the election dates come closer, unless immediate steps are taken to check the worsening trend,” said Amarinder.
 
Seeking the CEC’s urgent intervention, Capt. said any delay in this regard will lead to further vitiation of the poll environment. "The democratic fabric of the state is at stake and only your immediate intervention can help save it for total annihilation,” he said.




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BSF to Impart Skilled training to the Border area Youth
24.11.16 - TEAM PT
BSF to Impart Skilled training to the Border area Youth



Launching a training programme for the youth of border areas under Civic Action Plan, Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnor announced that the Punjab Government has released an amount of Rs. 48 lac to the BSF to impart skilled training to about 480 youths of the border area villages in 4 batches at 4 different locations under this plan.  The Governor asked the BSF Officers present there to identify eligible girls of the Border villages for the next training scheduled so that the girls could also get specialized training in different fields  and thereafter get adjusted to different jobs.

Adding further the Governor said that the Skill Generation Mission launched by the Government of India was aimed at creating more job opportunities, space and scope for the development of the talent in the Indian Youth.  He said that by 2020 about 500 million youth of our country would be imparted training covering each and every village of the country.




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Kejriwal acting as Arun Jaitley’s 'paid agent': Capt. Amarinder
21.11.16 - TEAM PT
Kejriwal acting as Arun Jaitley’s 'paid agent': Capt. Amarinder



Accusing Arvind Kejriwal of acting as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s `paid agent’,Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ridiculed his attempt to once again rake up the fabricated and politically motivated charges of the existence of Swiss bank accounts in the names of his (Amarinder’s) family members by releasing old and unauthenticated documents.
 
Captain also took a dig at the alliance struck by Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with the Bains brothers’ Lok Insaf Party, saying the AAP leader was clearly frustrated by the continuing decline of his party’s prospects in Punjab. Having seen the writing on the wall, with his party in complete doldrums in Punjab, Kejriwal was now resorting to all kinds of lowly measures to try and retain the lost ground ahead of the Assembly polls, said the PPCC chief.
 
Amarinder said Kejrwal, who had been claiming to be winning 100 seats in Punjab, was now reduced to having alliances with nondescript political parties, showing the levels to which he was ready to stoop to give at least at least a semblance of a fight.
 
Captain questioned Kejriwal over using an election rally platform in Bathinda to recycle and release old documents alleging Swiss accounts of his family members, instead of facing the media on the issue. Amarinder said it was more than evident that the AAP leader had no answers to the questions the media would definitely have raised following the release of the old documents.  That alone could explain his decision to release the documents at a public rally, where he could not be questioned, said Capt.
 
Amarinder said the alleged account numbers which the AAP leader says are held by his family members were the same old numbers which his colleague Ashish Khetan had released in March 2016, and which he had already showed to be a sham.
 
Alleging an election-motivated nexus between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) combine and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Punjab Congress president pointed out that the attempt to malign him by implicating his family members falsely in the matter had begun before the parliamentary elections. 
 
Bereft of any serious plank to fight the elections in Punjab, PM Modi had launched a groundless tirade against his (Amarinder’s) family members at an election rally in Barmer. Jaitley had then picked it up for his election campaign in Amritsar, said Amarinder. Jaitley had, suffered a humiliating defeat, clearly showing that the people of Punjab could not be taken in by such senseless charges, which even the Enforcement Department, working at the behest of the finance minister, had failed to prove, Captain pointed out.
 
Amarinder once again dared Kejriwal to come out with his categorical stand on the SYL issue instead of playing games to woo the Punjab voters, who, he said, will not be taken in by his theatrics. He lambasted the AAP leader over his continuing silence on the matter which could impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across Punjab.




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It was your father who took money for SYL from Haryana and sold Punjab; Amarinder to Sukhbir
19.11.16 - TEAM PT
It was your father who took money for SYL from Haryana and sold Punjab; Amarinder to Sukhbir



"It was your father who took money from Haryana for the SYL canal and sold off the interests of Punjab,” Capt. Amarinder Singh,  said on Saturday, accusing Dy CM Sukhbir Badal of leveling atrocious charges against him in order to promote the vested Akali interests.

Lashing out at Sukhbir over his absurd allegations that he (Amarinder) had invited the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to loot the river waters of the state, Captain castigated the Akali leader for playing games with the sentiments of the people of Punjab with his misleading comments.

"As member of Parliament from the constituency, it was my duty to welcome the prime minister when she came to lay the foundation stone for SYL construction. This, however, did not in any way mean that I was supporting SYL," Captain Amarinder asserted. 'In fact it was I who had enacted the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act 2004,' he pointed out.

The PPCC president categorically rejected the Akali allegation he had presented a silver kassi/tasla for starting construction work for SYL, saying the only time he had ever donated a silver tasla for during the Kar Seva at Harminder Sahib in 1984.

Taking a dig at Sukhbir’s selective amnesia, Amarinder ridiculed the Akali leader’s claim that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had always stood up and fought for the rights of Punjab.

Captain put five posers to Sukhbir to expose the Akali Dal’s shameless lies, saying had Sukhbir done his homework he would not have come out with such ludicrous statements on a matter of such vital interest, and one which is so close to the hearts of the people of Punjab.

"Have you forgotten that it was the Akali Dal that was responsible for the original sin of inflicting the 2nd partition of Punjab with the reorgnisation of the State in 1966, leading to the water and other disputes between Haryana and Punjab?”

"Isn’t it true that the then Punjab Chief Minister Giani Zail Singh had in November 1976 lodged the first formal protest against apportionment of river waters with the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi but your father Parkash Singh Badal, in 1978, got two notifications bearing No.113/5/SYL and 121/5/SYL issued for acquisition of land for SYL on 20th February 1978?”

"Was it not your father, Parkash Singh Badal, whose government sent a letter No.7/78-1W-78/23617 to Haryana Government seeking release of Rs. 3.00 crore more for the SYL project on 4th July 1978?”

"Wasn’t it your lust for power that had caused you Akalis to launch agitations for the creation of the Punjabi Suba, leading to the death of several innocent people of the state?”

Charging Sukhbir with deliberately ignoring these important and recorded facts to unleash a dis-campaign against the Punjab Congress, Capt. Amarinder said, "You Akalis did not even have the guts to resign your coveted seats in Parliament and the State Assembly after the Supreme Court verdict on SYL, thus thoroughly exposing your total lack of concern for Punjab’s interests,”.

The onus of explaining and justifying lies on the Badals, said Amarinder, asking the Akali leadership why it had failed to pursue the legal battle in the Supreme Court with all the seriousness it deserved during the last 10 years of their rule. Was it because they thought a negative decision would help them raise the pitch during the elections, asked the Punjab Congress chief.

He questioned the contribution of the Akalis to Punjab, pointing out that this (on SYL issue) was third time he had resigned his seat in the interest of the people of Punjab and to fight for their rights. He had earlier quit his Parliament seat and also resigned from the Congress party during Operation Blue Star in 1984, and later from SAD in protest against Operation Black Thunder.

He dared Sukhbir and the other Badal family members to resign over the SYL issue, saying they had no moral right to continue in office while exhorting the people of Punjab to be ready for tough battles and supreme sacrifices on the issue.

"Why has Harsmirat Kaur Badal not resigned from the Union Cabinet? Is it because the Badals don’t want their rule of loot to end?” asked Amarinder, adding that the Congress was committed to bringing this saga of loot and plundering to an end and to rescue the state from their Akali mafia rule, led by the Badals and Bikram Singh Majithia.




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