MC refuses ‘stair’ to garland ex CM Beant Singh’s statue, congress fumes
Jalandhar (Kusum Arora, August 31) – In an apparent case of ‘sheer politics’, Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (MC) Mayor refused ‘stair’ to congress leaders, who had gathered to garland the statue of slain Chief Minister Beant Singh on his death anniversary on Wednesday.The District Congress Urban president Daljit Singh Ahluwalia along with block level leaders had reached the local BMC chowk to garland the statue of Beant Singh in the morning. However, they had to wind up the remembrance ceremony by offering garlands at the feet of the statue.Congress observes the death anniversary of Beant Singh as ‘Balidan Divas’ but BJP Mayor Sunil Jyoti refused to provide them a ‘stair’ to garland the statue. Ex- CM Beant Singh was killed by human bombs on August 31, 1995. Ironically, the district congress leaders had to face another embarrassment, when none of the four elected MLAs from Jalandhar reached the venue to remember the ex-CM.Congress block president Raj Kumar Raju said that he had especially cleaned the statue of CM Beant Singh on Wednesday for the death anniversary on Thursday. He also said that they cleaned the premises of the statue themselves. “BJP’s Mayor Sunil Jyoti deliberately didn’t provide us a stair on this occasion. This speaks volumes of dirty politics at play”, he said. Later, when the congress leaders strongly protested against Mayor’s attitude, the MC authorities rushed the stairs in a tractor trolley. But, by that time, the remembrance ceremony was over and the congress leaders were gone.Punjab Youth Congress leader Kaku Ahluwalia said that they have brought the matter to the notice of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. He said that this matter would be raised before Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar. Meanwhile, the MC authorities maintained that they as Punjab government has announced a holiday on August 30, they could not clean the statue of Beant Singh.
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