In a blunt response to the campaign material cleanliness drive started by the Deputy Commissioner’s office which appealed to political parties to remove the posters pasted by them, Independent candidate and Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains on Tuesday told the “district administration to get heaps of garbage cleared first”.
He said that “before removing my posters from walls and buildings, administration should clean garbage heaps defacing the city”.
However, offended by poor response from political parties, the district administration on Tuesday evening called off the cleanliness drive. Talking to Newsline, Additional Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia said, “We have called off the drive as political parties are dilly-dallying. However, it will continue from the side of industrial associations who met us today and promised to get their areas cleaned. It was an initiative from our side but it is disappointing to see response of political parties. We are not expecting anything from them now.”
High drama has been witnessed since May 10 when the drive started. Not a single representative came forward from the Congress to attend the meeting. Talking to Newsline, Bains said, “My posters have become an eyesore for the district administration. Before telling me to send volunteers to clear posters, tell them to clean garbage heaps lying in every nook and corner.”
The Shiromani Akali Dal also showed irresponsible attitude and claimed that “there are volunteers to work and we have to get labour hired for the purpose”. Gurpreet Singh, personal assistant to SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, said, “We have to get labour hired for the purpose. From Wednesday, we will start full work.”
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No one from the Congress responded to phone calls. The Aam Aadmi Party, however, participated in the drive in the last few days.
Industrial associations like CICU and Focal Point Phase-8 Industrial Association met Kalia and assured cleanliness in their areas. Students of Punjab Agricultural University also removed some posters in Kitchlu Nagar on Tuesday.