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Mega monument promised in Doaba

The deeds of freedom fighters will be etched in stone. A mega monument to patriotism, on the lines of Virasat-e-Khalsa of Anandpur Sahib, is what chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has promised to raise in the Doaba region.

punjab Updated: Mar 23, 2012 23:39 IST
HT Correspondent

The deeds of freedom fighters will be etched in stone. A mega monument to patriotism, on the lines of Virasat-e-Khalsa of Anandpur Sahib, is what chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has promised to raise in the Doaba region.

The announcement came on Friday at Hussainiwala near here on the 81st anniversary of the martyrdom of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, revolutionary heroes of the freedom movement. "The monument will help coming generations remember the great sacrifices of ancestors," said the CM. "It'll keep them in touch with history."

The CM referred to the other memorials in the state that the alliance government of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had created in the past five years. "We declared the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, Kuka movement, and Kamagata Maru freedom fighters," he said, "Their families will get all the category benefits."

To save young people from drug abuse, the state government would create four big de-addiction centres, Badal added. Training guns on the Congress, he mocked at the latest planning commission of India yardsticks to measure poverty.

"The pro-rich Congress policy is about making the poor poorer," said the CM. "Common man can't manage a decent livelihood. An illiterate, unemployed, and starving India wasn't the dream of our freedom fighters."

Six decades of independence had not brought the common man even the basic civic amenities, said Badal, "let alone infrastructure, electricity, and civil aviation". "The memorial, perhaps, will make youngsters realise what we owe to freedom fighters."

The CM garlanded the statues of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, and Batukeshwar Dutt, and paid tributes to the martyrs of wars with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971.

Irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon; member of parliament Sher Singh Ghubaya; Shiromani Akali Dal leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia; BJP state legislature party leader Bhagat Chunni Lal; and BJP state general secretary Kamal Sharma also addressed the gathering.

Legislator Joginder Singh, former MLA Sukhpal Singh, commissioner Raminder Singh, deputy commissioner S Karuna Raju, and DP Chandan, vice-chairman of the small-scale industry board, were present.