The dispute over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) between Punjab and Haryana was not even resolved that now politics has heated up over the issue of construction of a new building of Haryana Legislative Assembly in Chandigarh.
Additionally, Mann tweeted the Center to allot new land in Chandigarh for the construction of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha building. “On the lines of Haryana, Punjab should also be allotted land in Chandigarh for the construction of an assembly building.” he had tweeted.
The leaders of Punjab have strongly condemned Mann’s statement.
Deputy Punjab Health Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra said that Haryana can form its own assembly in Panchkula, Faridabad or Kurukshetra but not in Chandigarh. Badal said his party would not allow Haryana to allot land for setting up the Haryana Vidhan Sabha building here.
Mann further said that the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be separated and the Center should also provide land in Chandigarh for the same.
Addressing the media here, SAD president Badal hit out at Mann over his remarks and said, “By making such a statement the Punjab Chief Minister has abandoned Punjab’s claim on Chandigarh. This is a betrayal of Punjabis.”
Badal asked, “Why is he asking for land for the assembly, when there is an assembly here in Chandigarh.” He said that Punjab has full rights over its capital Chandigarh.
The SAD president said he initially thought that Mann had made the remarks inadvertently.
But it seems that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got Mann to get this statement as part of a “conspiracy”, he said.
Badal asked Mann to withdraw his statement. Responding to the Union Home Minister’s statement, Badal said that Chandigarh is and will remain a part of Punjab. “Under no circumstances will the Akali Dal allow Haryana to allot land in Chandigarh for the Assembly or the High Court,” Badal claimed and stated.
Meanwhile, Badal has called an emergency meeting of his party’s highest decision-making body on July 12 to discuss Mann’s statement and plan the party’s further course of action to “protect the interests of the state”. .
Both the states have come face to face in this matter. Punjab Health Minister Chetan Singh Jaudamajra has reacted sharply to the Union Home Minister’s announcement of allotting land for the new building of the Haryana Legislative Assembly in Chandigarh. He said that he would not allow the building of Haryana Legislative Assembly to be built in Chandigarh.
The Health Minister of Punjab has also said that Chandigarh belongs to Punjab and will remain of Punjab. Chandigarh already belongs to Punjab and Haryana has also gone from Punjab. The present Haryana Vidhan Sabha building is also of Punjab, it is a different matter that it has been given to Haryana in the form of brotherhood. He has also advised the Haryana Government to make Vidhan Sabha in Panchkula, Faridabad or Kurukshetra. It is worth mentioning that after the meeting of the Northern Zonal Council held in Jaipur on Saturday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal had said that a new building of Haryana Vidhan Sabha would be built in Chandigarh. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given approval to give land for the new building. At present, Haryana and Punjab Vidhan Sabha are in the same building.
After Manohar Lal’s statement, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has also demanded land from the Center for the new building of the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
CM and speaker inspected the place
Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Speaker Gyan Chand Gupta have already visited the proposed site for Haryana Vidhan Sabha building in Chandigarh on June 4. The proposed site is located on IT Park Road near Railway Station Traffic Light Point. The Chandigarh Administration has agreed to allot 10 acres of land to the Haryana Government. Speaker of the Assembly says that talks are going on with the Chandigarh Administration, the amount of space needed for the new building,
The same space will be provided to Chandigarh from the area adjoining Panchkula or the amount will be paid according to the existing collector rate. According to the collector rate, Rs 550 crore will have to be paid. They argue that the number of assembly seats in Haryana is expected to increase from 90 to 126 after the proposed delimitation of constituencies for the year 2026. The size of the present assembly hall is too small to accommodate 126 MLAs. So we need to plan a big assembly hall.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann should not dilute Punjab’s right over Chandigarh by asking for separate land for Assembly and High Court building. Their current building is of Punjab only. Your rights on these heritage building
Vij said – Punjab should first decide in the house, later we will answer
Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij has also opened a front against Punjab over the dispute over the new building of the Haryana Legislative Assembly. Taking a jibe at Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Health Minister Chetan Singh Jaudamajra, he said that first decide in your home what they want, then we will give our answer.
Vij said that the Chief Minister of Punjab is saying that we should also be given land for a separate assembly and high court on the lines of Haryana, while his ministers are saying that we will not allow Haryana to have a separate assembly building.