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ACTIVISTS WANT PUNJABI ON TOP: DEFACE SIGNBOARDS IN BATHINDA

By Nirbhai Maan . 4th April 2018 12:30pm
ACTIVISTS WANT PUNJABI ON TOP: DEFACE SIGNBOARDS IN BATHINDA

Like October last year, this year too Activists have smudged signboards on Bathinda-Faridkot highway. The activists of the “Maa Boli Satkar Committee” which includes workers of the Malwa Youth Federation(MYF), the SAD(Amritsar) and Farmer organisation BKU Krantikari have defaced English and Hindi signboards in Bathinda saying that either Punjabi should be on top or there should be only Punjabi signboards. The Committee has notified that the activists will deface the signboards in all the 22 districts till April 13 i.e Baisakhi. The activists defaced signboards at the District Administrative Complex, Income Tax office and a Punjab National Bank. Because of this, some of them were booked under Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997. Dal Khalsa senior vice-president, Hardeep Singh Mehraj, said, “We had requested deputy commissioners to ensure that Punjabi was on top on all signboards, but nothing happened. Our campaign for this will run till Baisakhi.” “Under this campaign, our workers will smudge all signboards with English and Hindi on top. On Sunday, we smudged such signboards on the Bathinda–Chandigarh road and some other places. We are not against any language, but only want Punjabi to be given its due,” he added. Understanding the need of the hour to promote Punjabi language, the State government has taken an initiative. Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has set aside 25 Crore in the state budget for the Fiscal year 2018-19 to promote Punjabi language. The activists had blackened signboards in October last year on Bathinda-Amritsar highway and were sent to Jail on October 21,2017. This year too for the love and integrity of Punjabi language, they’re not scared of blackening signboards.