Terming it “shameful and despicable”, Punjab BJP president Sunil Jakhar has torn into the AAP government for allegedly pasting party stickers on martyr memorial stones, installed by the Centre, in the state.
In a statement, Jakhar said that while these “stones have been put up as part of PM Narendra Modi’s vision to perpetuate the memory of our real-life heroes among citizens”, the AAP government in Punjab “is trying to undermine the memory of martyrs for petty political gains”.
Acts like these show the true colours AAP leaders, who otherwise boast of creating a Punjab of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh’s dreams and yet it cannot even spare the memorial stones of martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland, Jakhar said, adding that playing politics over memorial stones of martyrs was condemnable in the strongest possible terms.
Pointing out that martyrs are society’s role models and the Centre has tried to preserve their memory as part of ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh Programme’ so that the youngsters can take a leaf out of their book, Jakhar said pasting of party stickers on these memorial stones by AAP was nothing but disgraceful, and it was another poor attempt on its part at gaining publicity.
In the statement, Jakhar advised Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann “to stop his party cadre from indulging in such cheap acts”. “The CM is known to splurge crores of public money for his own branding even outside the state and the desire to see himself everywhere seems to have got the better of AAP leaders who are now trying to use our martyrs for the political ends,” Jakhar added in the statement.