Kejriwal Reverses Position Over SYL Canal Issue

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal somewhat sanctimoniously said today, “There should be no politics over water.” If his declaration grates, it is because on Tuesday, he said during a visit to Punjab that the state does not have enough water to share with neighbouring Haryana.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal somewhat sanctimoniously said today, “There should be no politics over water.”

If his declaration grates, it is because on Tuesday, he said during a visit to Punjab that the state does not have enough water to share with neighbouring Haryana.

Mr Kejriwal’s blatant siding with Punjab in a vicious battle over water with Haryana is not without self-interest: his Aam Aadmi Party or AAP, which did surprising well in Punjab in the general election, is hoping for a bigger footprint in next year’s state election there.

Coveting votes, AAP has not distinguished itself from the other parties in Punjab who have all agreed that decades-old agreements to share water with Haryana are invalid – even though the Supreme Court is hearing the case. In open defiance of the top court, parties are also competing to lead farmers in different parts of the state from shoveling mud into a major canal to prevent it from routing water to Haryana.

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