Congress workers tore posters of state government’s advertisements with photographs of the chief minister on PEPSU Road Transport Corporation buses buses in Barnala on Monday. Police took about 100 protesters in preventive custody for about three hours and later released them.
When district Congress committee president Makhan Sharma finished his address at the entrance of bus stand here and proceeded to buses bay to tear off the posters and flex sheets on PEPSU Road Transport Corporation buses, police blocked their way and detained them.
Sharma said, “PRTC is already in loss. If the Chief minister or his deputy wants to ‘publicise’ their works, then an easy, legal and ethical channel for them is to display these on Orbit buses. PRTC is already sustaining losses for the years.
‘‘If government is serious about its revival, then it should pay at least advertisement charges to PRTC to bring it out of red.
“If the posters are not removed from PRTC buses across the state, our similar agitation will spread to whole Punjab. Earlier photographs of Badal were taken off from ‘108’ Ambulances after a lot of hue and cry,” said Sharma.
Sharma denied it to be a publicity gimmick.