With Punjab assembly polls six months away, Supreme Court verdict over the SYL Canal Dispute is looming over the ruling party. Opposition threatening to resign and AAP betting against the positive judgment pressure is building fast.
Given the current scenario, Punjab government had asked one of India’s top lawyers to represent it in the Supreme Court, which is hearing the presidential reference related to the Satluj-Yamuna link canal. Former solicitor general of India Harish Salve will argue Punjab’s case.
“Regarding the fee structure of Mr Harish Salve, senior advocate for presidential reference in the matter of Punjab Termination Agreement Act 2004, he has quoted fresh fee for every appearance,” says a note by the office of Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal.
Given the recent controversy brought up by Congress that Badal commissioned the project and shifting blame toward Punjab CM and Badal’s reminding people who laid the foundation of this canal this is a huge step.
A controversy had erupted in March this year when the Supreme Court began hearing the presidential reference on the validity of 2004 law passed by the Captain Amarinder Singh government that terminated all water sharing agreements among Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
The entire issue has become tricky in court with the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi first filing an affidavit supporting Haryana and then retracting its stand. This had led to sharp reactions from both Congress and Akali Da
Supreme court’s verdict will have a major impact of upcoming elections for sure.