Sparks from Dussehra still not settled; ‘Chitta Ravan’ becomes huge
‘Chitta’ – a word synonym to drugs in the hinterlands of Punjab, is becoming a major embarrassment for Shiromani Akali DAL Government, as Chief Minister and party supremo Parkash Singh Badal, 84, is being referred to as “Chitta Raavan” by the opposition Congress.
Captain Amarinder had on Saturday announced his decision to personally set on fire Chitta Raavan at the site of the Dussehra eve attack on party workers by the Akalis in Ludhiana on Tuesday, to coincide with the prime minister’s visit there. “Let them try to stop me,” he had declared, making it clear that the Congress would not succumb to any pressure tactics and would take its anti-drugs war to its logical conclusion.
A defiant Captain Amarinder Singh declared that he himself would blast Chitta Ravan with the faces of the ‘corrupt and criminal’ Badal team in Ludhiana on Tuesday to show Prime Minister Narendra Modi what kind of goons he was supporting in Punjab. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an alliance with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in the state.
The issue escalated to another level after Congress leaders started burning effigies of “Chitta Raavan” while blaming senior SAD of promoting and providing patronage to the Drug and Liquor mafia in state. Even as Akali Government has ordered ban on burning ” Chitta Raavan” effigies, Punjab Congress President Capt. Amarinder Singh has openly challenged the Government to stop him from doing so, on October -18 at Ludhiana, during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to city.
Taking the Badal government head-on over its latest reported diktat on the Chitta Raavan issue, Captain Amarinder exhorted the party workers not to be afraid of reports suggesting that the police were preparing to crack down on them in a desperate bid to stop them from burning the effigies of Badal and his cronies.
Captain Amarinder Singh has called upon party workers to plaster Badal’s face on all effigies and set them on fire tomorrow without getting cowed by any attempts by the administration or police to forcibly prevent them from exercising their democratic right of protest.
“Let them (the cops) try and stop us. We will fight them every inch of the way. They can’t stop us from venting our anger at the suffering being meted out to the people by the Badal government,” Captain vowed.
In a statement issued here, Captain Amarinder Singh said use of faces on effigies was not prohibited and the Badal government could not legally stop the Congress from setting such effigies aflame. He was reacting to a report in a section of the media suggesting that the police would not allow cutouts of faces to be burnt.