With just five months left for the state assembly elections, defacement of public and private properties is rampant in the city. Unauthorised posters and hoardings of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders can be seen on the walls in clear violation of the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997.
But the municipal corporation has developed cold feet when it comes to taking action against the political leaders whose posters are on display.
Before the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the walls of public and private properties were flooded with illegal posters. Following this many residents — the walls of whose houses were defaced — were left with no other option but to get the walls repainted.
Posters of Ludhiana West AAP candidate Ahbaab Singh Grewal were pasted on the walls of the properties in different areas, including PAU Road and near Bharat Nagar Chowk.
The unauthorised hoardings displaying the photos of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) district chief Madan Lal Bagga, along with supporters, were put on the pillars
on Elevated Road and various other public properties in the city. Also posters of local SAD leader Harpreet Bedi were pasted at different places. In some posters, a few local SAD leaders displayed their posters with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
A resident of Gill Road, Kuldeep Singh Khaira said the civic body should take action against all the violators. “The municipal corporation turned a blind eye and they don’t act against such violations. The authorities should ensure that no unauthorised poster be pasted on any property”, he said.
“I apologised for the posters that were pasted on public properties. Some of the party workers had displayed these posters. I have already asked them to remove all posters at the earliest,” said Ahbaab Singh Grewal. “We are installing the hoardings and banners on private properties with permission.”
Despite repeated attempts, Madan Lal Bagga was not available for comments.
When contacted, MC commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the finance and contract committee has instructed advertising superintendent Harvinder Singh to get the illegal hoardings and posters of all political parties removed from the properties.
A case can be registered against the violators under Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997.