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SAD tells Governor allotting land to Haryana for new Assembly building in Chd by way of land swap would be in violation of Section 3 of the constitution

PUNJAB NEWS LINE | November 26, 2022 05:13 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today told Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit that the Haryana government’s application for allotment of land in Chandigarh by way of land swap for creation of a separate Vidhan Sabha was in violation of Article 3 of the Constitution and urged him to reject it immediately.

(SAD delegation led by Sukhbir S Badal urged Governor to reject Haryana’s land swap application and also recommend transfer of Chd to Punjab)

A SAD delegation led by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal impressed on the Governor that only parliament was empowered to make laws relating to alteration of existing States and their borders. It said Haryana should accordingly be told to establish a new Vidhan Sabha if it so wished within the boundaries of Haryana.

Mr Sukhbir Badal, who was accompanied by Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, apprised the Governor that Punjab had an inalienable right over Chandigarh which had been reiterated by central governments repeatedly and also ratified by parliament by way of the Rajiv Longowal accord. “Haryana’s move to apply for ten acres of land in the Union Territory of Chandigarh by way of a land swap is aimed at diluting Punjab’s right over Chandigarh”. He said the move was also counter-productive to maintenance of peace in the State. “Punjabis are sentimentally attached to Chandigarh and will not allow any land to be given to Haryana in the State”.

The SAD president also apprised the Governor that since the party represented the regional aspirations of Punjabis it would oppose the land swap deal moved by Haryana to the very last. He also apprised the Governor to recommend transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab keeping in view the sentiments of Punjabis as well as ending the injustice done to Punjab which has been denied its own capital since 55 years.

The Akali delegation also briefed the Governor about the collapse of law and order in the State and urged him to dismiss Home minister Bhagwant Mann immediately. The delegation said besides sensational murders like that of Sidhu Moosewala, Punjab was in the grip of killings, extortions and goonda raj. “The drug menace is leading to drug overdose deaths daily. All this has led to the flight of capital from the State even as the common man is in a state of panic and fear”. The delegation said instead of addressing the issue, the chief minister and his cabinet had left Punjabis to their fate by campaigning in Gujarat for the last two months. “Peoples grievances are not being addressed which is exacerbating the situation”, the delegation members added.

The SAD also apprised the Governor that the AAP government was forcibly transferring “Jumla Mushtarka Malkan” land from owners to Panchayats. It said this decision had caused unrest amongst the peasantry and that the AAP government should be directed to reverse the decision immediately. It said the title of “Jumla Mushtarka Malkan” land should remain in the name of the owners of the land and state government should not try to transfer the ownership rights of these lands to Panchayats.

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