INLD hits out at BJP over SYL canal

Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala on Friday accused the BJP governments in Haryana and at the Centre of deliberately prolonging the completion of the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

Mr. Chautala was addressing a gathering of INLD and Bahujan Samaj Party workers in Ambala. The workers later courted arrest as part of their ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation.

The INLD and the BSP have been demanding completion of the SYL canal besides restarting construction of the now abandoned Dadupur Nalvi canal and securing a water share from the Agra canal as and when required by farmers of the Mewat region.

Mr. Chautala said the indifference of the BJP government to these vital issues has proved beyond doubt that its approach was “anti-farmer”.

“By not pursuing the construction of the SYL canal and abandoning the Dadupur Nalvi canal, the BJP is pushing the northern regions of Haryana towards catastrophe as it will be in danger of becoming a ‘dark zone’,” he said.

‘MSP figures juggled’

He also condemned the minimum support price announced for the kharif crop, terming the increase insufficient and less than what was promised and claimed that figures were juggled to artificially reach the figure of 50% profit over cost of production. “The BJP has since been making noises to cover up its failure to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report,” he said.

Mr. Chautala also accused the Congress, which was in power at the Centre and the State for 10 long years, of neglecting the interests of Haryana.

Mr. Chautala said once the INLD-BSP alliance is voted to power, their government would not only waive loans of farmers but also implement the Swaminathan Commission report in full on fixation of MSP.

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