Ludhiana (Amarpreet Singh Makkar): Amid the controversy the “divided” congress party has cancelled the Indra Gandhi’s statue Installation at Congress Bhawan in Ludhiana on the occasion of death anniversary of former Prime Minister. The Youth congress leader Vijay Agnihotri Goldy said that they will install statue of Indra Gandhi after the permission from party high command. He said that due to some Congress leaders the controversy was created due to which he has delayed the installation. However till afternoon Goldy was budge on his stand to install the statue but he didn’t turn at congress Bhawan.Vijay Agnihotri said that the whole nation remembers Indira Gandhi as an Iron lady. She has worked immensely for the poor, farmers and downtrodden. There are various reasons that she continues to live in the memories of millions even 33 years after her demise. To pay tribute, they had decided to install the statue of Indra Gandhi in Congress Bhawan. Sensing the situation heavy police force and senior police officials was present at Congress Bhawan to tackle with situation. The Shiromani Akali Dal leaders led by former Minister Hira Singh Gabria were also present near Congress Bhawan to oppose the statue installation.The district congress president Gurpreet Bassi Gogi, youth Congress president Rajiv Raja along with their supporters were also present at Congress Bhawan to oppose the installation of statue. Gogi said that the statue installation was plan of an individual not of Congress party. He will not allow any such move until the Congress high command allow. On the other hand, MLA from Ludhiana North Rakesh Pandey has supported the installation of Indra Gandhi’s statue.Pandey said that the statues of other leaders were also installed at various places and he will support the Youth Congress leaders to install statue. However Pandey didn’t reveal that when they will install statue and why the installation ceremony was cancelled. Sources said that Congress high command has communicated to local congress unit to avoid any controversy by installation of statue of Indra Gandhi. On Monday, the Sikh organizations have raised the slogans against Indra Gandhi and in support of Khalistan near Congress office. The Sikh organizations have also threatened that if the statue of Indira Gandhi will be installed then they will install the statue of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala.
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