Already staging a sit-in in protest against alleged biased role of police in the ‘Chitta Raavan’ case, Punjab unit of Congress on Saturday announced it will burn an effigy of ‘Chitta Ravan’ in Ludhiana during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the industrial city on October 18. “The Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to burn the ‘Chitta Ravan’ in Ludhiana on October 18 when PM will visit the city,” AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary told reporters in Chandigarh.
‘Chitta’ is a slang for drugs in Punjab. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Ludhiana on October 18 to attend a function being organsied by MSME Ministry in which he will give away national awards to outstanding micro, small and medium enterprises.
“It will be a symbolic event,” he said, adding that it was yet to be decided which Congress leaders would lead this programme.
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“Congress is committed to eliminate the menace of drugs from Punjab when it comes to power,” Chaudhary said.
Congress state spokesperson and former Legislative Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar said in tweet: “PM to face ‘Chitta’ truth of Punjab drug menace. Congress to burn ‘Chitta-Ravan’ during PM Modi’s visit to Ludhiana on 18th Oct.”
Meanwhile, Congress leaders continued to stay put in front of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s house in Chandigarh as their siege entered third day on Saturday. They have been demanding the transfer of Ludhiana Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and suspension of Additional Commissioner of Police (City-4) Jaswinder Singh and case to be registered against Akali activists.
They have also been protesting over the arrest of youth Congress leader and cases slapped against party workers under various sections, including section 307 of IPC.
A violent clash had erupted between Congress and Akali activists on Dussehra eve in Ludhiana when Congress workers tried to burn the effigy of ‘Chitta Ravan’.
The Congress had alleged a “partisan” role of police in booking party leaders for the clash, in which several people were left injured.
Punjab government has already asked DGP Suresh Arora to submit a report on the issue.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh had yesterday declared a “war” against the Akali government over its alleged failure to transfer Ludhiana Police Commissioner in the ‘Chitta Ravan’ case, asking party workers in all the 117 assembly segments of the state to burn effigies as a mark of protest.