Press Statement of Simranjit Singh Mann, Camp Sangrur: Dated 14th May 2019.
Sangrur, 14th May ( ) The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the people of Punjab will not allow BJP-RSS and Akali Badal to change the present Constitutional Position on the riparian Law and take away the waters of the Punjab Rivers by putting them on the Union List of Constitution.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that the Election Manifesto of the BJP- RSS for the ensuing parliamentary elections scheduled for 19th May 2019 confirms that this ultra rightwing Hindutva Party will change the Constitution and the international riparian law to suit its own Hindutva policy and bring the Waters and River Waters from the Constitutions State List to the Union List, which would mean the Punjab state would lose its rights to its river waters as per the Riparian Law and what prevails in the present Constitution’s State List.
It is evident that the sub-soil water in the Punjab is drying up. Therefore, we in the Punjab can only be sustained as an agricultural economy, if the Riparian Law is not changed, but with BJP-RSS along with Akali Dal Badal state that they would bring in Constitutional changes to bring the River Waters from the State List to the Union List. This would be disastrous for the Punjab State which will literally be changed into a Desert.
Therefore, The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will never allow the BJP-RSS and Akali Dal Badal to bring about such a change which would be suicidal for the Punjab and its people.
We in the Punjab already have a grievance that when the Indus Water Treaty was signed been Hindu Indian and Islamic Pakistan the Sikhs and the Punjab state were never consulted.
Day after tomorrow dated 16th May 2019 the Akali Dal Badal along with the BJP-RSS are holding a political rally at the Anaaj Mandi in Sangrur at 11:00 A.M. Our party gives the call to all Kisan Jathebandis and Punjabis to hold a peaceful demonstration against the BJP-RSS Badal Dal manifesto to change the Constitution, which would be against the economic and political interest of the people of Punjab.
In this demonstration tomorrow we must ask Mr. Rajnath Singh and Mr. Arun Jaitley both BJP-RSS Union ministers, who are attending tomorrows (16/05/2019) rally at Sangrur why the Union Government of Mr. Modi and their party has not written off the debts of the farmers and Khet Mazdoors and why the Dhuri sugar mill is not disbursing the Rs.98 Crores it owes to the Sangrur sugarcane farmers?
The Congress Party, the BSP, CPI, CPM, Aam Adami Party and Mr. Khaira and Mr. Bains parties must also clarify whether they agree with the BJP-RSS Akali Dal manifesto to change the riparian law and the present constitutional position to take away the River Water and put these on the Union List of the Constitution?
Simranjit Singh Mann
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)