Even as the assembly elections are months away, political parties have covered every nook and corner of Pathankot city with their posters. Printing presses that are producing these posters are doing a brisk business and are eyeing high income as the polls approach.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been putting up big cut-outs of its senior and local leaders wishing party workers on special occasions, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress have limited themselves to traditional posters that their workers are pasting on walls in the city.
Those aspiring to get a ticket for the assembly polls are reportedly bearing the expenditure of these posters. AAP, meanwhile, has supplied a truckload of polling material that is reportedly kept at their Saili Road office.
AAP has also been distributing pamphlets bearing messages of their national convener Arvind Kejriwal, who counts his achievements and alleged wrongdoings of rival parties in these messages.
Tirath Ram, a printing press owner, said he was not expecting political parties to start ordering poll material this early, and had not procured the necessary raw material. “Now I have placed the order for required material and will be able to cater to the orders soon,” he said
Tilak Raj, a senior citizen from Indira Colony, questioned defacement in the city. “Already we see posters and banners in almost every part of the city. Soon, all walls will be covered with these posters. The party worker don’t even seek consent of the property owners before doing so,” he said.
City mayor Anil Vasudeva said political parties cannot paste posters on spaces not allotted for it.
“Defacing of the city will not be tolerated and political parties and their leaders pasting the posters will be penalised. I will ask the corporation officials to take action against the erring party workers seen pasting posters illegally,” he said.