The state Congress today said the Akalis were not blaming its alliance partner BJP for “compromising the interests of the state” on the issue of the SYL canal.
Launching a scathing attack on the Akalis, Sunil Jakhar, PPCC chief spokesman, said the issue which could have been resolved through dialogue with the central BJP leadership was blown out of proportion to create fear and anxiety among the people.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal must explain whether the Akalis had entered into some issue-based agreement with the BJP at the Centre on the matter, he said.
He said on March 1, the Punjab Cabinet had decided that the SAD-BJP would approach PM Narendra Modi. “But so far, the matter has not been taken up with the Centre. Instead, Badal is calling upon the people to be ready to make sacrifices to save the state’s river waters,” he added.
In a memorandum to Badal, Jakhar said the CM should come forward to sacrifice himself for the sake of Punjab. Jakhar said he would sit on a dharna the day any order was passed to restore the SYL canal.