Facing criticism over several issues from various corners, especially after tasting a bitter defeat during the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is set to make the foundation stone-lying ceremony of the ‘Jung-E-Azadi’ memorial at Kartarpur a mega event with full show of strength.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of the memorial on October 19.
The chief minister himself has chaired the meeting of arrangements for the preparations of the inauguration and has assigned duties to SAD leaders of all districts to make the event a success.
A minister who attended the meeting said all SAD MLAs from Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts have been asked to bring at least 100 buses of party supporters for the foundation stone-laying ceremony.
The BJP MLAs have been asked to bring 50 buses from each segment.
The CM, sources said, has asked MLAs from far-flung assembly segments to bring at least 25 buses each.
“The chief minister has assigned us various duties and the aim is to involve maximum participation in the ceremony. We have already started motivating the workers to attend the ceremony,” said chief parliamentary secretary and Adampur MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu.
It has been learnt that SAD through this event wants give a signal that its popularity is still intact.
The district administration is working hard to make the event a success.
The rs200-crore world-class memorial, to be raised in the memory of the heroes of freedom struggle from Punjab, is spread over 25 acres near Kartarpur town.
It was on August 9, 2012 when the the project’s concept committee comprising noted historians, academicians and intellectuals such as Prof Kirpal Singh,DS Grewal, Punjabi University vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh, Prof Pirithpal Singh Kapoor, Dr Harish Sharma, Dr KL Tuteja and Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard visited various places in the country to get inputs for the conception of the memorial.
The committee members visited the Cellular Jail at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar, Teen Murti Bhawan and hi-tech museum in Parliament House in New Delhi among others.
The basic idea:
The idea behind erecting the memorial is to take visitors, especially the youth, to a virtual historical journey by portraying heroes of Punjab in the freedom struggle, starting from the First Sikh War led by Bhai Maharaj Singh in Multan in 1849 to the Independence and the Partition in 1947.
The memorial is being planned in such a manner that it will have several galleries to showcase history through statues, LED screens exhibiting documentaries, light and sound and laser shows.
The galleries will depict various chapters and characters of Indian freedom struggle history, including the Kuka Movement, awakening brought about by the Punjab Singh Sabha Movement, Arya Samaj, agrarian unrest of 1906-07, role of Madan Lal Dhingra and Lala Lajpat Rai, Ghadar Movement, Rowlatt Act and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, rising of Udham Singh, Central Sikh League, Khalsa College, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, Non-Cooperation Movement, Akali Movement, Gurdwara Reform, Babbar Akalis, Revolutionary Movement, Bharat Naujawan Sabha and Bhagat Singh, Kirti Kisan and the Left Lovement, Praja Mandal, Civil Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement, INA and Independence in 1947.
A replica of the historic Komagata Maru ship is likely to be put up as visitors will be made to conceptualise the 1914 tragedy.