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BJP workers protest no photos on hoardings at trade meet

Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, November 17, 2013
First Published: 19:31 IST(17/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:31 IST(17/11/2013)

A trade meeting turned into a platform for political games after the local BJP boycotted a function organised by the Beopar Mandal, Bathinda.

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The function, organised to thank the  state government for introducing a trader friendly taxation policy in the state, petered out as local BJP workers walked out, saying that their leaders' photographs were missing from the promotional and other flexes printed for the event.

President of the mandal Rajinder Raju was the organizer and had sent out the invites.

When some of the BJP traders reached the venue, they noticed that their leaders were not adequately represented on the hoardings and banners placed at the event.

SAD chief parliamentary secretary excise and taxation Saroop Chand Singla presided over the function.
District president BJP Parminder Goyal said that some of the party workers who had reached the venue of the function prior to him found that though pictures of SAD workers were there in the flexes and sign boards put up by the organizers, picture of not a single BJP leader was on display.

"I reached the venue after I got the information in this regard. I supported the the decision of party workers to boycott the function as nothing is higher than the dignity and self respect of party workers," he said.

President of Beopar mandal, Rajinder Raju, however, claimed that no political party was ignored and all traders had been invited.

He said that state BJP president Kamal Sharma was in the signboards and hoardings for the event.
Just last month, Goyal had expressed his anguish over the neglect of party workers and raised the matter with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also.

When contacted, CPS Singla said: " It is a non-issue. However, protesting over photographs in banners is not a good thing for any political party."

The event was organised to express gratitude to the state government for the announcement of a single-stage taxation system on branded products. Traders have claimed that this will save them from unnecessary hassles.

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