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Punjab's law on SYL canal is invalid, rules Supreme Court; Congress MLAs resign en masse
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that Punjab's decision to terminate the water-sharing agreements with neighboring states is illegal.

The case was being heard by a five-judge constitution bench headed by justice Anil R Dave and it ruled that Punjab had no right to terminate the agreement on its own.

The court said that Punjab cannot absolve itself from its duties arising out of the agreement it has signed with other concerned states as that would amount to depriving Haryana and other states of their share of river waters.

Punjab government had argued that the bench did not necessarily have to answer the Presidential Reference. However, the court refused to accept this argument and said that it had enough reasons to answer the Reference.

Punjab government's counsel had also argued that the Presidential Reference was invalid because the law enacted by Punjab was within the statutory powers of the government. But the court refused this argument as well and said that the Punjab government had enacted this law to nullify the earlier orders of the court and so by doing so, the Punjab government had exceeded its legislative power.

Immediately after the verdict, all 46 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the Congress party resigned as a protest against the verdict. Party state president Amarinder Singh also resigned as Member of Parliament.

"Punjab Congress MLAs have sent resignations to Captain Amarinder Singh, he is expected to meet Speaker on Friday and submit the resignations in person," said Bharat Bhushan, deputy leader of Congress's legislative party.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar welcomed the court's decision and said that the judgment has brought a smile on every Haryanvi's face.

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