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Opposition in Punjab Assembly submit resignation

All Congress MLAs in Punjab Assembly submitted their resignation to the Secretary in Chandigarh to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling favouring Haryana on the SYL issue.

State Congress chief Amarinder Singh, took on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, stating Badal has “failed to protect the interest” of the people.

Singh also announced that his party will take out a rally on the issue on Sunday, The Indian Express reported.

The 42 MLAs, including leader of Opposition Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunil Jakhar, Sukhjinder Randhawa and Balbir Singh Sidhu, went to the Assembly in Chandigarh and submitted their resignations to Assembly Secretary Shashi Lakhanpal Mishra as Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal was not present.

Senior Congress leaders, including Amarinder Singh, Partap Singh Bajwa and Ambika Soni, accompanied the MLAs. “I will submit the resignations to the Speaker. He will see whether to accept them or not,” Mishra said.

The judgement implies that the 2004 Act was not in consonance with the apex court judgement of 2003 which had mandated the construction of the SYL canal that was stalled.