Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and clarify once and for all that the Mohali International Airport was to be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
“There has been a general national consensus on naming the international airport at Mohali after Shaheed-e-Aazam Sardar Bhagat Singh and a formal and final decision to this effect should be taken without any further loss of time,” Badal said in a statement, seeking the PM’s intervention in this regard.
“A proposal to this effect is already with the government of India. We all assumed and still remain convinced that considering the massive national following Sardar Bhagat Singh enjoys, no one would even consider opposing the proposal. Any controversy on the matter needs to be snuffed out as quickly as possible,” Badal said, pointing out that rumours, floated by some politicians, had been floating against the proposal.
Congress leaders and AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and MPs of various Left parties had already raised the issue of the speculations of the airport being named after Jana Sangh stalwart, Dr Mangal Sein, who served as the deputy chief minister of Haryana between 1977 and 1979.
The chief minister also ridiculed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Captain Amarinder Singh for “trying to politicise the legacy of even our national martyrs”.
“Captain Sahib should know that on this issue at least, only silence suits him, because Sardar Bhagat Singh laid down his life fighting the very legacy which Captain Singh represents,” the CM said.