“After keeping silence for a long time, AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took a firm pro-Punjab stand, which has not gone well with Haryana. Eyeing upcoming assembly polls in Haryana, Kejriwal made the dubious remark, which seemed to have brought Haryana politicians together.”
Arvind Kejriwal’s blatant siding with Punjab in a contentious & emotive issue over water with Haryana is not without self-interest. His Aam Aadmi Party, which did surprising well in Punjab in the general election in 2014, is hoping for a bigger footprint in next year’s state elections in Punjab.
Resolution against Kejriwal by Haryana
Poking his nose into vicious bilateral battle of river sharing, Kejriwal made a remark that Punjab doesn’t even have a drop of water to share with him. Hrayana leaders from all political parties rose up in arms against Kejriwal for making this statement.
The Haryana assembly unanimously passed a condemnation resolution against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his reported remarks. Haryana agriculture and Irrigation Minister OP Dhankar termed Kejriwal’s statement as unfortunate and against the established constitutional set-up and the in state’s interests. Later, the resolution against Kejriwal was tabled in the house, which was passed by the House by a voice vote.
Twitter war on the issue
Confronting Kejriwal on the issue, various politicians from Haryana resorted to twitter to slam Kejriwal for his insensitive, political motivated remark. Haryana cabinet minister, Anil Vij twitted this to express his resentment against Kejriwal:
“Kejriwal says Punjab have no water to spare for #SYL Haryana. If we say we also have no water to spare for Delhi what will Kejriwal do?”
It must be noted here that Delhi gets its Water supply from Haryana and during recent Jat agitation in Haryana, water supply to Delhi was snapped as Moonak canal was cut off.