Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh today claimed that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal acquired land for the construction of SYL in Punjab.
"Today, I challenge you, Badal to deny or dispute one single word of what I will be saying and quoting about your role in getting the foundation of the SYL laid down just to please your personal friend Devi Lal", Capt Amarinder dared Badal, adding, "you better look at yourself than level baseless charges on the Congress".
On the sidelines of 14th session of 'Halqe vich Captain', here, he also asked Badal on what he was going to do, in case the Supreme Court decides against Punjab on the SYL (Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal) issue.
"Yes we have decided to resign the same day in case SC decides against Punjab, you tell the people of Punjab what you are going to do", he asked Badal, while daring him, "will you also like to resign along with us?"
Reacting to Badal's criticism of his announcement about resigning on the issue, Capt Amarinder said, "Badal was trying to lay the blame on the Congress party for laying the foundation stone of the SYL, while actually it was he as the Chief Minister who had acquired the land for the purpose in 1978 and also taken money from Haryana".
Giving details, he claimed, Badal issued the notification for land acquisition for the SYL on February 20, 1978 vide notification numbers 113/5/SYL and 121/5/SYL under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.
With this, the process of land acquisition started, he pointed out.
The PCC president disclosed that this was acknowledged by Devi Lal in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on March 1, 1978, where he proudly claimed that it was because of his personal relationship with Badal that he had convinced him (Badal) for land acquisition for the SYL.
"For personal relationship with Devi Lal, Badal put Punjab's interests at stake", Capt Amarinder alleged.
He said, the matter got delayed and later both the governments (of Badal and Devi Lal) fell, followed by fresh elections where both of them lost again.
Capt Amarinder quoted Devi Lal's speech delivered in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on March 1, 1978, where he (Devi Lal) said, "hamare aappas ke taluqaat (mutual relationship with Badal) ka sabb se pehla nateeja yeh nikla hai aur woh aapke saamne hai ki hamari sarkar Badal sarkar ke sath baat-cheet karr ke iss nateejey parr pahunchi hai ki unhoone notification (for land acquisition) jaari karr diya hai".
He said, Devi Lal made these remarks as the opposition members in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha had referred to his personal relationship with Badal.
In the same speech, the PCC president further quoted Devi Lal saying, "mein ek baat yeh be batta du ki session (Vidhan Sabha session) ki wajjah se rukaawat padd ghai, varna mujey uss function (for laying the foundation stone of the SYL in Punjab) ko preside karna tha aur Badal Sahab ne uska udd-ghaattan (inauguration) karna tha".