Haryana

Willing to lend support for canal construction: Abhay

July 12, 2017 09:44 PM

Chandigarh : The prospects of all major political parties of the state adopting a joint strategy on the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal have become brighter after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s meeting with former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda yesterday.

INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala today said he was not averse to the idea provided Khattar invites him to discuss the strategy for the construction of the canal without any dilution in the state’s share of water. This means the chances of all parties coming together on the issue have become brighter. Hooda today confirmed that he went to meet Khattar on his invitation for a discussion on the issue.

He said Khattar wanted to discuss the issue with him perhaps because the matter was listed in the Supreme Court today. He added he told Khattar that the only possible way forward for Haryana on the issue was to pressure the Central government to start the construction of the canal because after the Supreme Court’s verdict, it was now the duty of the Centre.

“I have always been of the view that leaders of all political parties should sink their differences and come together on the issue. I even wrote to INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala when he announced a programme to dig the canal on February 23. I told him not to resort to such gimmicks and let us join hands to pressure the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana on the issue. But he did not respond,” Hooda said.

However, Abhay pooh-poohed Hooda’s claims about yesterday’s meeting and said unless Khattar said something on the matter, people could not presume that the meeting was to discuss the SYL issue only.

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