Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar responds to Bhagwant Mann’s ‘open invitation’ | spcilvly

Responding to Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s “open invitation” to all opposition parties for a “live debate on all issues”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief Sunil Jakhar, asked to answer first why he knelt before the Supreme Court on the Punjab water issue.

Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar (HT File)
Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar (HT File)

“Bhagwant Maan, we are always ready to debate on all issues of Punjab. Firstly, please tell us what pressures or political interests brought the Supreme Court to its knees on the serious issue of Punjab waters. Punjab demands a response,” reads a Rough translation of Jakhar’s Punjabi post on ‘X’ on Sunday.

In another post on ‘X’, the BJP state chief questioned the newly appointed Advocate General’s interest in engaging in dialogue with other states instead of legally defending the interests of Punjab.

“Having already diluted Punjab’s well-established position on the SYL issue in the Supreme Court, the eagerness now shown by the newly appointed Advocate General to engage in dialogue with other states instead of legally defending Punjab’s interests demonstrates that the Government of Sh. @BhagwantMann, has decided to grant our absolute rights over Punjab’s water,” Jakhar said in a post on ‘X’.

Amid the row on SYL (Satluj Yamuna Link) channel, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday extended an “open invitation” to opposition parties, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shirmoani Akaldi Dal and Congress for a “live debate on all issues”. ” instead of “daily disputes.”

“It is my open invitation to BJP chief Jakhar ji, Sukhbir Singh Badal of Akali Dal and Raja Wadding-Pratap Bajwa ji of Congress that instead of daily bickering, come once and sit in front of the media and discuss who looted Punjab and how… Brother-nephew, brother-in-law, friends-relatives, young farmers, corporate-traders, speeches by gurus, Canal waters… Let’s have a live debate on all issues,” CM said Mann in a Hindi post on X.

He further said, “You can bring a document, but I will speak by word of mouth. November 1, ‘Punjab Day’, will be a good day and you will also have time to prepare. I am fully prepared because there is no need to memorize things to tell the truth.”

After the Supreme Court came down heavily on the Punjab government for not taking steps for the construction of the canal, opposition parties have been protesting against the same demanding immediate action.

On Wednesday, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul CT Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia, while hearing a matter related to the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) dispute, came down heavily on the Punjab government for not taking steps for the construction of the canal. . .

The court noted that Punjab must cooperate in the process. The court directed the Center to inspect the portion of land allotted to Punjab. The court also directed the Center to investigate the mediation process. The court listed the matter for further hearing in January 2024.

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