Aiming to impress the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah who was here in the city to address state-level booth workers, the local leaders here installed hoardings across the city on Sunday.
The city areas including flyovers, main road and chowks were all defaced with the banners of the party patrons.
All the hoardings carried the image of BJP national president Amit Shah, state president Vijay Sampla, district president Ramesh along with other local leaders.
The big display boards were largely put up at major traffic points of the city like Khalsa College flyovers, BMC, BSF chowk, Nakodar, chowk, Mahavir Marg, Nakodar road and Ladowali.
It is to be mentioned here that the police had registered a first information report (FIR) against 18 establishments who had illegally put their advertisements on government property, largely flyovers.
The complaint in this regard was made by, GS Khaira, commissioner municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ).
But the civic body here has turned a blind eye to the illegal hoarding carried out by the supporters of BJP.
The posters were spread across the city despite the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 1997 which prevents the defacement of public property.
As per the 1997 Act under which Section C states “Whoever defaces any property in public view by, writings or making with ink, chalk, paint or any other material or by erecting staffs, banners or by pasting notices and writing slogans without the written permission of the owner of the property, except for the purpose of indicating the name and address of the owner or occupant of such property, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to six months or fine which may extend to one thousand rupees or both”.
Rajinder Beri, Congress district president said, though the MCJ had allotted only selected points for putting the banners, but the BJP workers have put banners and hoarding all over the city.
“This is violation of MC bylaws. Civic bodies here are biased towards BJP and they never take action against violators,” charged Beri.
GS Khaira municipal commissioner and Harjot Singh superintendent Teh Bazaari department remained unavailable for the comments.