Punjabis have played a key role in India's Independence struggle. This was stated by finance and planning minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa while addressing a gathering at Guru Nanak Stadium during a district-level programme on Monday. The minister received a guard of honour from the forces and also unfurled the National Flag.
The minister said, "India's constitution is best in the world. The constitution has given power of vote to common man. The SAD-BJP government believes in democracy and over all development. This is the reason that the people of the state have voted the alliance for the second time."
The Punjab police, Punjab home guards, NCC cadets, bands, scout guides and students of various schools also presented a march past, which was led by police officer Gurleen Singh Khurana. The school students also exhibited a PT show and cultural programmes. Dhindsa honoured freedom fighters and their successors. He also honoured 14 personalities for their achievements and for their unconditional services towards the society.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal, police commissioner Pramod Ban, deputy commissioner of police Naveen Singla, Punjab planning board vice-chairman Rajinder Bhandari, former minister Ishar Singh Meharban, district and sessions judge Karamhjit Singh Kang, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, zila parishad chairman Bhag Singh Mangarh, additional deputy commissioner (general) Neeru Katyal, ADC (development) Supreet Singh Gulati, SAD district president Madan Lal Bagga and Harbhajan Singh Dang were present on the ocassion.