Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today accused the SAD-BJP combine as well as the Congress of "allowing Punjab's water to flow into other states" and demanded resignation of all the state MPs and MLAs of these parties.
AAP Punjab convenor Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and senior party leader and Supreme Court lawyer Harinder Singh Phoolka alleged that the SAD-BJP and Congress leaders of the state had "played into the hands of the anti-Punjab forces" and "ignored the rights of the state on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue".
The fate of Punjabis was now hanging in the Supreme Court and the decision of the SC could affect the farmers of the state to a great extent, they claimed and added that in this backdrop, the leaders of these parties had lost the right to represent the people of Punjab.
Ghuggi said AAP leaders will meet the Governor tomorrow and submit a memorandum to him on the SYL issue.
They will appeal to the Governor to seek the resignation of all the MPs and MLAs of SAD-BJP and Congress from the state for "failing to protect the rights of Punjab", he added.
Ghuggi accused Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh of "inviting then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to commence the SYL canal construction work" and of now "shedding crocodile tears to mint votes".
Similarly, he alleged that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had acquired land for the project "to please his friend" and former Haryana chief minister Devi Lal and had got land for his hotel "in return".
Phoolka accused Badal of "betraying all Punjabis for the sake of his own family".
"He did not even think of discussing the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in spite of being in the alliance at the Centre. Under these circumstances, Badal's daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal has lost the right to continue as a Union minister in the anti-Punjab Modi government," he said.
Accusing Amarinder of "failing to raise the issue of Punjab", Phoolka wondered why did he not resign from the post of the state's chief minister when his own party's government at the Centre had sent the case to the Supreme Court through the President.
He said that Amarinder did not have any right to even contest the polls from Punjab.