W Delhi park renaming snowballs into political row, SAD targets Cong
Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) on Sunday blamed the Congress government in Delhi for not allowing it to rename a park in west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area as '1984 Sikh Memorial Park'.delhi Updated: Nov 04, 2012 23:57 IST
Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) on Sunday blamed the Congress government in Delhi for not allowing it to rename a park in west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area as '1984 Sikh Memorial Park'.
SAD's Delhi President Manjit Singh GK said the South Delhi Municipal Corporation sent a letter on Friday evening postponing the renaming function.
"The cards were printed and distributed. All preparations were made. It is on the insistence of the Delhi government that the function was cancelled," Singh said.
The park is located opposite Gurudwara Tikana Sahib in Punjabi Bagh (West).
According to SAD leaders, after 28 years of the 1984 Anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi, the SAD had decided to build a memorial in memory of the innocent people who were killed in the carnage and the citizens of Delhi who came out and saved hundreds of Sikhs from being killed.
The foundation stone for the memorial park was to be laid jointly by Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal.
"The park falls in the ward of our member Satwinder Kaur Sirsa. The renaming committee of MCD had approved the renaming of this park as '1984 Sikh Memorial Park'.
All rules were being followed. We don't see any other reason but political reasons in stopping the renaming ceremony," Singh said.
After receiving the letter from director (horticulture) on Friday that the function was "postponed", Singh said he approached the Mayor of south Delhi who had approved the renaming and had arranged the function.
"The Mayor found out that the south MCD commissioner was under the pressure from Delhi government to cancel the function. The entire Sikh community is hurt because of this. On one hand the Congress government assures us that the guilty of 1984 will be punished and the victims will be rehabilitated, on the other it plays such dirty politics," Singh said.
While South Delhi Municipal Corporation commissioner Mansih Gupta could not be contacted, Mayor Savita Gupta said she has asked the commissioner to explain why the function was postponed.