A poster war between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers continues to rage in the city with the latter damaging the posters put up by the former at different places against Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia. On Wednesday night, YAD activists tore off or blackened many such posters in different parts of the city and shared their exploit on the social media. AAP has condemned the ‘onslaught’.
The party’s national executive member Naveen Jairath said that a week ago when they had staged a dharna in front of the city police station against the tearing off of their posters, the police officials had promised that such things would not happen in future, but they had failed to check the ‘elements’ who damaged the material. “We submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner also but to no avail,” he rued.
He said that the AAP had put up posters at main crossings where police are on round-the-clock duty, yet the ‘perpetrators’ are not caught.
“It shows that the police have orders from the above to let the atmosphere spoil. The government wants to divert the people’s attention from real issues,” he alleged.
YAD Doaba zone senior vice-president Balraj Singh Chohan admitted having torn off the posters and warned that such defamatory stuff would not be tolerated.
The AAP was trying to get cheap publicity by burning Majithia’s posters, he said.