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Ravidassias remove AAP hoardings, posters from 'shobha yatra' route

Authorities don’t allow party supremo to hold roadshow on the stretch

Ravidassias remove AAP hoardings, posters from 'shobha yatra' route

Ravidassia community members remove a political hoarding of the Aam Aadmi Party at Sundar Nagar in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15

Enraged over the installation of political hoardings by the Aam Aadmi Party in the Sundar Nagar area where the ‘shobha yatra’ on the eve of Guru Ravidas Jyanti was to be taken out, Ravidassia community members today hurriedly removed all such political hoardings.

When Ravidassia community members were removing the posters showing anger toward Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, senior police officials, including DCP, Crime, Varinder Singh Brar, ADCP Headquarters, Pragya Jain, and Inspector Beant Juneja, reached the spot to prevent any law and order problem.

Arvind Kejriwal had also planned a roadshow on the stretch from the Basti Jodhewal chowk to Sunder Nagar. For precautionary purpose, the authorities didn’t allow the AAP to conduct the roadshow on the stretch, following which the AAP supremo had to change the route of the roadshow.

“We have planned a shobha yatra in Sundar Nagar today and the AAP has flooded the each nook and corner of the stretch with their political hoardings. Palanquin is to cross from this stretch and the AAP has installed hoardings having broom (jharoo) on them. It will be disrespect to our Guru if palanquin cross beneath the political hoardings having broom,” said a Ravidassia community member while removing the hoardings.

Community members said the Aam Aadmi Party was aware that the ‘shobha yatra’ will be conducted today and hundreds of devotees would take part in it, due to this they installed their hoardings and also planned their roadshow on the same road to catch the attention of the Ravidas community.

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Ashok Prashar Pappi from the Ludhiana Central constituency, who was there at the spot, said they have full respect for Guru Ravidas and political hoardings were not installed intentionally ahead of the ‘shobha yatra’. “We respect Guru Ravidas and our workers themselves removed hoardings when community members raised objection,” added Pappi.

Meanwhile, SAD candidate from the Ludhiana East constituency Ranjit Singh Dhillon went live on Facebook and condemned the AAP for installing hoardings on the stretch to catch support of the Ravidassia community. Dhillon said the Guru Ravidas Gurdwara Management Committee, Jodhewal, also condemned the AAP for this.

The ACP, Central, Harsimrat Chetra, said Ravidassia community members had raised objections over the route of the Arvind Kejriwal roadshow and installation of hoardings. Community member had peacefully removed hoardings and then the route of the roadshow was also changed.

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