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When politicians forgot Gandhi
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Munna Bhai, listen! Your Gandhigiri has not moved to the hearts of people, especially politicians.

Busy in the election race to grab power, politicians, by and large, in Punjab today forgot to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs. Except for Patiala and Amritsar, even senior Congress leaders at other places in the state failed to remember Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on this day in 1948.

Even, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee forgot to organise a function to pay tributes to the martyrs at the Punjab Congress Bhavan here. The PPCC, it appears, remains busy in expelling the rebel Congress candidates from the party.

It was left to government employees to remember the martyrs. “While all fruits of freedom have been swallowed by politicians, when it comes to remember the martyrs, they are least concerned”, said a senior officer, who organised a function to pay tributes to the martyrs in one of the districts in the state.

Sources said the Congress did not organise any significant function at Jalandhar to remember the martyrs. No such function was held at Kapurthala, Sangrur and other places. At Amritsar, a function to pay tributes to the martyrs was held at the Congress Bhavan under the leadership of Mr O.P. Sareen, newly appointed president of the district Congress. No prominent Congress leader paid tributes to the martyrs at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Bathinda and other places.

Mahatma’s ashes had been immersed in Sutlej near Phillaur. At Phagwara, students and management of Kamla Nehru College paid floral tributes to the martyrs at a function.

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