Navjot Singh Sidhu visit leaves behind a trail of defacement of roads in Amritsar

Navjot Singh Sidhu visit leaves behind a trail of defacement of roads in Amritsar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 22

The visit of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu led to heavy defacement of city roundabouts and roads. A large number of hoardings, flexes and boards were displayed by supporters of Sidhu at different places ahead of his visit.

The hoardings greeting Sidhu were seen displayed on every pole of LED light on GT Road. Large hoardings were also seen in all major roundabouts and roads leading to Sidhu’s residence and the Golden Temple. Not only local councillors or supporters, Congress leaders from all over Punjab displayed the hoardings in the holy city to greet Sidhu.

The Assembly election is due next year but the defacement of the city has started too early this time. The advertisement wing of the MC, which was earlier proactive against defacements, seems reluctant in removing hoardings, as no one wants to mess with Sidhu supporters.

“The Municipal Corporation is quite strict on defacement and illegal hoardings and even collecting third party tax from private firms who display hoarding on their own establishments. But when it comes to political leaders of the ruling party, they don’t bother it seems,” said Advocate Kuljit Singh.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said: “I was busy in the meetings and spent the entire day in office. We will remove the hoardings soon. No one will be allowed to deface the roads.”

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