Illegal hoardings and welcome gates were erected by workers of ruling SAD-BJP to welcome re-appointed cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike in the city on Friday. The gates were a great source of inconvenience to commuters, as they narrowed the roads even further and led to traffic chaos.
Nawanshahr police officials who can normally be seen issuing challans for wrong parking on GT road, failed to take any action against cars from the minister's convoy, which were parked haphazardly and led to traffic jam on the road.
Illegal hoardings to welcome Ranike were put up at many places, including Ambedkar Chowk, outside a sweet shop near Chandigarh Chowk and near the SSP residence.
Along with the hoardings, three illegal temporary welcome gates were also erected on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh road, disrupting traffic and adding to the defacement of the city.
Prohibitory orders issued by the district magistrate Tanu M Kashyap under Section 144 of the CrPc on March 1 and to remain in place till April 28, were also violated during the minister's visit.
As many as 20 leaders of ruling party including Satinder Kaur Kariha, Resham Singh and several others honoured the minister outside the Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha, near the Chandigarh Chowk.
As soon as the minister entered into city, he attended a function at a hospital belonging to Akali leader Dr Sukhwinder Kumar Sukhi for half-an-hour. Then, he visited Shri Gurdwara Singh Sabha, where he was honoured by another section of the Akali Dal.
Officials of Nawanshahr police remained waiting for the minister, busy in an event inside the gurdwara, but failed to streamline traffic bt asking the minister's wrongly parked cars to move.
When this reporter queried a senior police official, he said, on the condition of anonymity,"These roads belong to ministers."
When contacted, ADC Amarjeet Pal said, "No can put welcome gates and hoardings on the main road. If the violation has occured, the hoardings and the gates will be removed immediately."