The city of Ludhiana was famously on its way to become the “graffiti capital”. But, all that changed as soon as the poll bugle was sounded.
The beautiful graffitis, a blend of art and creativity, dotting various walls of the city have been the cynosure of all eyes ever since their painting began in March this year.
With Punjab readying for the 2017 assembly elections, the graffitis are being marred by posters and pamphlets of political.
The Ludhiana police and the municipal corporation (MC) seem to be in a deep slumber over the issue.
Not so long ago, the MC had even announced a fine of `50,000 for defacing graffiti walls. Yet, no action is being taken against the violators who continue to deface the newly-painted pillars with impunity.
Posters of political parties are seen on the pillar where the graffiti was drawn on Old GT Road near Rekhi Cinema Chowk.
Since Ludhiana’s selection in the smart city mission, a graffiti campaign was being conducted across the city, with beautiful art being painted on many walls and pillars of Ludhiana flyovers.
One of the unathorised posters carried the picture of Congress leader Abbas Raja and his supporters. The photos of senior Congress leaders, including Captain Amarinder Singh, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and others, were also displayed on the poster.
Another poster is of Randhir Singh Sivia, councillor from ward 1, while photos of independent MLAs Simarjeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains were displayed on another poster defacing the graffiti.
Johny Mehra of Action Against Corruption, a city-based organisation, said these posters were defacing the graffiti which were made by the artists.
He demanded the MC commissioner and the city mayor to act against those who were pasting posters and banners and defacing public properties. “We will protest if the civic body fails to act against the violators,” Mehra added. The graffiti has been defaced at other places in the city in past, too.
MC commissioner Ghanshyam Thori was not available for comment.