Modi, Hollande visit: Nek Chand’s son ‘made to leave’ Rock Garden

Anuj Saini, Chand's son, said he was asked to "go out" of the Rock Garden despite having an entry card issued by the UT Chandigarh Administration.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: January 25, 2016 8:34 am
Narendra Modi, Francois Hollande, Rock Garden, Modi Hollande, Hollande chandigarh, chandigarh, nek chand, French President, Anuj Saini, india news Chandigarh: French President Francois Hollande is greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rock Garden of Chandigarh on Sunday. PTI Photo

The visit of French President Francois Hollande and Prime minister Narendra Modi to the Rock Garden left Anuj Saini, son of Nek Chand, disappointed as he was not allowed to be present at the venue when the two leaders arrived.

Rock Garden, a sculpture garden, was created by Nek Chand, who died last year.

Saini, a landscaper and a member of the Rock Garden Society, was asked to leave the venue moments before the PM Modi arrived. Saini, who was involved with making the arrangements at Rock Garden, had a duty pass which was issued by the Chandigarh Administration.

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Explaining his plight, Saini said that he was approached by one of the security officials deployed in the PM’s security and asked to leave the venue. “Official called Balwan Singh told me that I cannot stay here and asked me to leave. He asked one cop to escort me out of the garden,” said Saini.

For the past two weeks, Saini had been working hard for making arrangements for the visit. “I am feeling disappointed after making so much efforts for the arrangements,” he said.

UT director (tourism) Jatinder Yadav said that it was disappointing that Saini was not allowed. “We wanted him to attend the function as he had put in a lot of efforts. We had even requested Special Protection Group to allow him to stay for the event,” said Yadav.

This was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Rock Garden.

Sculptures and rag dolls made by Nek Chand during the last few years of his life were put on display at the garden. The garden spread in an area of over 40 acres has been completely built of industrial and household waste items. The garden is one of the key attractions of the city, which attracts around 5,000 tourists daily. Its founder Nek Chand had started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957.




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  1. B
    Jan 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm
    This episode needs to be fully investigated; how come an invitee was thrown out of the function?
    1. F
      Jan 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm
      Moody 😞 is feku, he is patel baniya!!! Speaks less than Manmohan Singh!!!
      1. F
        Jan 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm
        Yes, BJP party n RSS the problem for India progress!!! Rioting party when they dont have power?!! Jai Bhim
        1. F
          Jan 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
          Feku n his foreign friends take priority, indians are second fiddle against elite friends!! Hay Hay Feku Murdabad
          1. S
            Jan 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm
            because Son of Baniya was visiting Chandigarh?
            1. I
              IML sood
              Jan 25, 2016 at 4:17 am
              Why can not the writer of this news does not understand a simple reason,how you could allow a person without invite to come to an event where two security risked persons, prime Minister of the country with President of France. The writer wants compromise with their security. The people with their job to protect them know better then this correspondence who wants to make a mountain of a mole hill, rather wants to make a no news with big news.
              1. O
                Outraged Indian
                Jan 25, 2016 at 6:24 am
                Outrageous!! He should have been allowed to stay based on the finest north Indian culture namely 'you know who I am?
                1. M
                  Jan 25, 2016 at 7:27 am
                  Some body is trying to tell security what to do! Indian culture? If something metted out to some one take it separately to work out the wrong and right in it but no need to tell security what to do! The problem should have been resolved and not after!
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