The signature campaign of SAD against SYL raised a storm in Punjab and ten lakh farmers signed the petition. The party started the campaign two days back and it is expected that around 25 lakh farmers will sign the document.
The campaign getting good response as within two days ten lakh farmers showed their interest against SYL. Parkash Singh Badal seeking the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee on river waters issue. The “appeal” especially refers to the injustice done to the state under Section 78 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966.
All the 25 lakh forms are to be signed by till December 8 on the birthday of Punjab CM. A rally has scheduled on the same day at Moga. The petition will be handed over to President Pranabh Mukherji.
The core committee of SAD had decided to take all the preventive steps to save the water of Punjab. The state would not share even a single drop as Punjab has insufficient water. The Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal was the first person to sign the petition.
Since the approval of the SYL, the SAD opposed the then Congress government to not construct SYL. Even the party has always stood up with the Punjab farmers against SYL. When Punjab has not much water then there is no question of sharing the water with other states. Where the Punjab farmers will go for water if SYL is constructed?
The Punjab farmers are showing their keenness for signing the petition against SYL. A farmer in Sangrur said, “When we don’t have sufficient water then how come we can share the water with other state. We are with Punjab government against SYL.”
Even the various farmers associations have supported the campaign against SYL. It seems the President will definitely take some concrete decision after getting the petition.