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Central government needs to solve SYL canal dispute and provide water in Punjab & Haryana: Kejriwal

During his two-day visit to Haryana on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal discussed the long-running Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

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New Delhi: During his two-day visit to Haryana on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal discussed the long-running Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue and stated that it is the responsibility of the Central government to arrange water for both states, Haryana and Punjab. He accused the BJP and the Congress of politicising the matter while adding that both the states have had a shortage of water.

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Arvind Kejriwal briefed the media regarding the SYL problem, that the Congress and BJP in the two states have different outlooks and their dirty politics will prevent India from overtaking other countries.

He said, “SYL is a crucial issue. Water is a very important resource and is essential for survival. The Central government needs to come forward and provide adequate water for Haryana and Punjab. “

Kejriwal further said the Union government should take responsibility for the two states fighting over the issue. If we keep fighting with each other, how will India progress? “The government will have to take the responsibility to provide water in both states,” he said.

Kejriwal appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make proper arrangements for water in both the states, further adding, “If they can’t find a solution, call me. I am ready to help them solve this issue. We need to sit together and solve the dispute.

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His remarks came a day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that the Punjab government has not been cooperating “to find a solution to the SYL canal issue. Kejriwal was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

 

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