While the election-cum-deputy commissioner office has taken the initiative and issued appeal to political parties and NGOs to come forward and help them in cleaning the defaced walls and public property and removing posters, politics has started here too.
A meeting was called by additional deputy commissioner Isha Kalia to handover the wards’ distribution list to political parties’ representatives to make them responsible for cleaning particular areas. As per lists, 20 wards each were given to Congress and SAD while 11 wards were given to AAP for removing posters. However, Akali Dal reacted strongly on seeing that independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains’ name missing from the list.
Talking to Newsline, Gurpreet Singh, personal assistant to SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali said, “Maximum posters in city have been put up by Bains. Now it is not fair that they are not given wards to clean up. We have told ADC to get the list re-made and equal distribution be made to all.”
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Also, none from Congress party turned up for the meeting and now they have been sent directions through mail to help DC office in cleaning up the city. AAP started the work of cleaning posters. Amandeep Bains, a volunteer from AAP said, “Since its very hot in noon, we are working in early morning hours and all volunteers have been sent SMS to clean posters in their areas at least.”
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal has also made it clear that students will not be roped in for this work. “Earlier, we thought students from PAU and colleges might help us but we think it will not be appropriate. First priority is to rope in political parties who have put up all these posters. Our target is to clean the city by May 16,” said Kalia.
She added that ‘independent candidates including Bains will also be contacted soon and given areas to clean.’ Also the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will be doing it. Kalia added, “On Monday we have a meeting with industrial associations who will be asked to clean up their areas like Focal Point, Industrial Area, Cheema Chowk etc.”
She also added that ‘volunteers from NGOs like Vmad and Volunteers for Better India are yet to confirm their participation in cleanliness drive.’ DC Aggarwal has also spoken personally to all candidates to ensure their participation in cleanliness drive. “We have got confirmation from all of them but it is yet to be seen when they start actual work. We will visit field on Monday to see work at ground level,” said Kalia.
Akali Dal was also seen dilly dallying the matter as first they said that they will start work on Saturday and then said that their plans have been postponed as of now.