Haryana denounces Punjab's move on Chandigarh, passes resolution

Rakes up SYL | Raises demand for Hindi-speaking areas

Haryana denounces Punjab's move on Chandigarh, passes resolution

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses the special Assembly session in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5

Going all guns blazing against Punjab after it staked claim on Chandigarh, the Haryana Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution reiterating its right on the Union Territory. It also urged the Centre to intervene in the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, prevail over Punjab to withdraw its case on Hansi-Butana Link canal and ensure proportion of officers from Haryana in the state capital is not disturbed.

Also read: Claim over Chandigarh: After Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation calls special House meeting


Divide chandigarh into two parts: AAP

During the one-day special session, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar moved the resolution, urging the Centre against any move that would “disturb the existing balance” till all issues from the reorganisation of Punjab were settled. During the three-hour-long discussion, as many as 25 MLAs spoke on the resolution, which mentioned the Indira Gandhi Agreement, Rajiv-Longowal Accord and Venkatramaiah Commission had accepted the claim of Haryana to Hindi-speaking areas of Punjab.

The House resolved that the amendment to the Bhakra Beas Management Board rules by the Centre for the appointment of whole-time members was against the spirit of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966. The demand for a separate High Court in keeping with the constitutional provisions also found mention. On stalemate over the SYL canal since the Supreme Court-directed meeting between the CMs of the two states has not been held, Khattar said Haryana would soon take up the matter. “The issue cannot be resolved at the state level. We will seek an execution order from the court,” he said.

Referring to the Shah Commission, Khattar said it had asked to give Hindi-speaking villages of Kharar tehsil and Chandigarh to Haryana. “On June 9, 1966, in a meeting of the Union Cabinet, Chandigarh was declared a Union Territory. It was also made the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. After that different agreements were reached, but the issue was not resolved,” he said.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Chandigarh should have been given to Haryana as per the Shah Commission recommendations. In a pointed reference to Punjab’s political posturing, Hooda said, “Punjab is our elder brother, but we can’t accept it as a big brother. Its resolution disturbs the brotherhood between the two states.”

Hooda suggested Haryana should demand that the Chandigarh Administrator should also be appointed on rotation from both states. “Why should the Administrator always be from Punjab?” he asked. Other members said the state must also stake claim to Panjab University since it could not be the “exclusive right” of Punjab.

Long-pending issue

Shah Commission had recommended Hindi-speaking villages of Kharar tehsil and Chandigarh for Haryana... issue remains unresolved. — Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM

Bid to disturb peace

Punjab should not disrupt communal harmony between the two states by taking such undemocratic steps. — Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of Opposition

#syl

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Two ITBP personnel killed, 37 others injured as bus falls into gorge in J-K

7 security personnel killed as bus falls into gorge in J-K's Pahalgam

Were returning from Amarnath yatra duty

31 ministers inducted into Bihar cabinet; RJD gets majority share

31 ministers inducted into Bihar cabinet; RJD gets majority share

Portfolios allocated: While Nitish keeps home, Tejashwi gets...

Militants kill Kashmiri Pandit, injure brother in J&K's Shopian

Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, brother injured in militant attack in J-K

Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has condemned the ...

President Murmu, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on death anniversary

President Murmu, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on death anniversary

A prime minister for six years between 1998-2004, Vajpayee d...

In first human to animal transmission, dog tests positive for monkeypox, its owner is gay

In first human to animal transmission, dog tests positive for monkeypox, its owner is gay

The men, who are non-exclusive partners living in the same h...

Cities

View All