Local politicians have tried to make most of the Baba Farid festival, to be held from September 21 to 23 here, for their publicity by using photos of the great Sufi saint Baba Farid, in whose memory the festival is held. The event has been accorded the status of a heritage festival.
The huge hoardings, which dot the city, carry the photos of the politicians prominently along with the photo of the saint in a corner of the hoardings, but fail to make any mention about the teachings, life or contribution of the saint.
The large-sized hoardings and flex boards have been put up at most of prominent places of the town.
The hoardings mainly belong to three main leaders of the town, Deep Malhotra, Faridkot MLA (SAD); Avtar Singh Brar, chairman of the PRTC and Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, former chairman of the improvement trust, Faridkot.
Some of the flex boards put up by supporters of Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, general secretary of the Congress and former MLA, have also used photos of Baba Farid.
"I am holding a meeting of the concerned that flex boards and hoardings should not be put up at the places where they may cause inconvenience to the public. But these hoardings are coming out of the devotion of the people and for a specific occasion, but would all be removed after the Baba Farid festival is over on September 23," said Mohammad Tayyab, deputy commissioner, Faridkot.