Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday asked party workers to plaster Badal face on all effigies and set them on fire on Tuesday without getting cowed by attempts of the administration or police to prevent them from protesting.
Amarinder’s call for burning effigies coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day visit to Ludhiana on Tuesday.
In a cleverly drafted press note circulated to the media, there was no direct mention of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal or his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal, though Amarinder said that use of faces on effigies was not prohibited and government could not legally stop the Congress from setting effigies afire.
The former CM said he would burn “chitta” Raavan with the faces of “corrupt and criminal Badal team” in Ludhiana on Tuesday to show the PM that his party was supporting goons in Punjab.
He exhorted party workers not to be afraid of reports suggesting that police were preparing to crackdown to stop them from burning the effigies. He also warned police to stop working at the behest of the Akali-BJP government.
Amarinder also urged Congress workers to come out in large numbers on Monday to burn effigies as part of the party’s state-wide anti-drug campaign.
“Let the cops stop us. We will fight them every inch of the way. They can’t stop us from venting our anger at the suffering being meted out to the people by the Badal government,” he said.
Six Congress workers and three Youth Akali Dal activists were booked when they clashed over ‘chitta’ Ravan in Ludhiana on Dussehra eve. Alleging bias by police, Congress leaders stage a three-day sit-in outside chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence in Chandigarh. They lifter the dharna on Saturday night after the state government transferred Ludhiana additional deputy commissioner of police Jaswinder Singh.
Meanwhile, the Congress has flayed the Ludhiana district administration’s directive asking teachers not to wear black clothes on the 50th anniversary of Punjabi suba. Congress MLAs Aruna Chaudhary and Karan Kaur Brar said the diktat to teachers was ridiculous.