Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday paid floral tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh's companion martyr Hari Rajguru at his birthplace in Pune (Maharashtra) and announced a grant of `10 lakh for beautifying the locality on his name.
The CM is on a tour to Maharashtra till June 10 where Shiromani Sant Namdev Puraskar would be bestowed on him on Wednesday. The CM met the progeny of the revolutionary who along with shaheed Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev Thapar sacrificed his life during the freedom struggle.
Badal said their struggle had inspired lakhs of youngsters to wage a war against the mighty British Raj. Announcing a grant of `10 lakh for the beautification of Rajguru Nagar, Badal said it was a humble tribute from the Punjabis to the great icon of the Indian freedom movement, who was equally admired by every child in Punjab along with Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Paying tribute to chief architect of the Constitution Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Badal announced a grant of `5 lakh for Ambedkar Nagar adjacent to Rajguru Nagar.
Recalling the age-old ties between the Marathas and Punjabis, the CM said both the communities shared a rich bond of traditions. Badal said like Punjab, Maharashtra was equally revered by every Punjabi, especially Sikhs as Guru Gobind Singh breathed his last at Takht Sri Hazur Sahib (Nanded) in Maharashtra.