The much talked-about ‘chitta’ Ravan was burnt by Congress workers here at the GLADA ground on Tuesday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was attending a function elsewhere in the city.
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh, who was to set the effigy on fire, urged the party workers, especially those who were attacked by Akali supporters on Dussehra-eve, to do the honours. The ‘drugs effigy’ had pictures of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on it.
After the attack on Congress workers on October 10 by Akali activists, Amarinder had given a call to all district units for burning the ‘chitta’ Ravan effigies across the state and dared the Akalis to stop them.
“It is important that Modi should know that Ravan was burnt with pictures of leaders who do not take action against the drug mafia active in the state. Modi is in alliance with a party that promotes drug trade in Punjab,” said Amarinder.
He said ‘chitta Ravan’ was to be burnt on Dussehra, but the “Akali goons” entered the venue, dismantled the effigy and beat up party workers. “We then decided to do this on the day when Prime Minister is around so that he knows what kind of a party he has aligned with,” Amarinder said.
He said with the burning of the ‘chitta’ Ravan, the stage has been set for the annihilation of the criminal forces in the state. “Don’t go by his (Badal’s) innocent face, he is an extremely shrewd man who knows how to fill his own pockets at the cost of the people of Punjab,” he said.
Ludhiana member Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu said, “Badals were more dangerous than the ISI or Pakistan. There is a need for people of the state to remove them from power so that the mafia rule ends.”
In-charge of the party’s affairs in Punjab Asha Kumari, district chief Gurpreet Gogi, state general secretary Amarjit Singh Tikka, Pawan Dewan and KK Bawa were also present at the event.