Resentment prevailed among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers when army authorities removed their party flag from Vijay Rattan Chowk early on Wednesday. A large number of BJP workers reached the spot and shouted slogans against the administration for removing the party flag and demolishing a roundabout without taking the party leaders into confidence.
However, following intense slogan-shouting, army men left the spot and the party workers put the flag in place again.
Authorities from 67 Engineering Regiment who have been given the project to maintain the Vijay Rattan Chowk said the plan was to beautify the roundabout which was named after martyr Major Vijay Rattan Chaudhary, winner of Param Veer Chakra. The army authorities added that due permission from the district administration was also obtained regarding this.
The work had been stopped and would resume after talks with BJP leaders, said the army authorities adding that their intention was to beautify the area and not to offend any individual or party.
BJP MLA Anil Vij said on Wednesday he was Delhi for a party meeting and on Thursday he would take up the issue with the administration.
He claimed that the administration knew that for more than past 40 years the party had been organising functions on January 26 and August 15 at that spot.
Vij added that the party had highest regard for the martyrs and they had no objection if the area was beautified. The project should have been started after taking the partymen into confidence, the BJP MLA said.