BJP launches cleanliness drive amid protest by Cong workers, residents
Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by their leaders, launched the 'Swatch Bharat Saptah', Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of cleaning the country, in the city on Thursday. However, the drive failed to save them from the wrath of the residents of the city.punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2014 22:19 IST
Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by their leaders, launched the 'Swatch Bharat Saptah', Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of cleaning the country, in the city on Thursday. However, the drive failed to save them from the wrath of the residents of the city.
To mark the opening of the week-long drive in the city, leaders of the party including Chuni Lal Bhagat, Punjab forest minister; Manoranjan Kalia, KD Bhandari, chief parliamentary secretary, Sunil Jyoti, mayor and Arvinder Kaur Oberoi, deputy mayor, took up brooms to clean the sites near the Municipal Corporation building.
On the other hand, Congress workers, under the leadership of Rajinder Beri, president, District Congress Committee (DCC), sat on a dharna in front of the corporation office to protest against the large-scale irregularities during the distribution of blue ration cards among the poor and weaker sections.
Soon the Congress workers were joined by residents of the city and together they raised voice against the dwindling civic amenities in the city and the corruption which, they claim, had eclipsed the functioning of the civic body.
A major ruckus was witnessed when the BJP leaders came face to face with the protesting Congress workers.
Sunil Jyoti, mayor, was surrounded by the angry protesters, who were shouting slogans against him and his party. The mayor had to shove through the crowd to make his way to the MC building, but the protesters carried on with their protest raising slogans against all the leaders of the BJP.
Rajinder Beri, president of the DCC said, "Today's incident has brought to light the anger brewing among the common people against corruption. After seeing the BJP leaders, who assembled here just to gain publicity, the people lost their cool and vented their frustration in the open."
"People from all the sections of society are fed up with the functioning of the civic body. On the one hand, the poor are being cheated by the BJP councillors, who are distributing blue ration cards among their party members by taking money and, on the other hand, residents of the city are upset due to the poor civic amenities like broken roads, poor water supply, stray dog menace and garbage strewn all over the city," added Beri.
However, Sunil Jyoti, mayor, said, "BJP leaders assembled to launch the cleanliness drive and it has always been our endeavour to keep the city clean. A handful of protesters and their ulterior motifs will not be able to deter us."
Later, the protesters carried out their angry demonstration in front of BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia's house demanding immediate removal of the mayor to curb corruption in the civic body.
First Published: Sep 25, 2014 22:18 IST