Chandigarh, March 16 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today suggested his Delhi counterpart, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal to remain neutral on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal issue and choose his words carefully.
The Chief Minister was interacting with media persons after the Budget Session at Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
Replying to a question, Mr. Manohar Lal said that like Haryana, Delhi was also affected by the similar issue. He said that Delhi also did not have its own sources of water and instead, sourced it from other states. Therefore, the carrier of water should remain safe. He said that as Haryana’s water carrier should remain safe in Punjab, Delhi’s water carrier should also be safe.
Replying to another question, he said that land has not yet been released and no Bill of any kind has been passed. This has been passed only in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. It would not be considered to have been passed until the Governor signs the Bill. He said that all this did not have any bearing as this was a legal battle presently being fought out in the Supreme Court.
In reply to another question, the Chief Minister said that Haryana has passed a resolution in which the Central Government has been asked to resolve the SYL issue at the earliest for protection of Haryana’s water. He hoped for support of the Central Government on this issue.