BJP work­ers’ cel­e­bra­tions turn night­mare for com­muters

Res­i­dents ply­ing on the Ferozepur road had a rough ride as BJP sup­port­ers had or­gan­ised a func­tion to wel­come Ka­mal Sharma, who was re­cently ap­pointed as po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to the chief min­is­ter

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Res­i­dents of the city, who vis­ited ar­eas close to MBD mall on the Ferozepur road, had to face a rough time on Wed­nes­day morn­ing as hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles were parked on the main road by BJP work­ers to wel­come Ka­mal Sharma, who was re­cently ap­pointed as po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to the chief min­is­ter.

Com­muters ply­ing on the Ferozepur road faced a lot of hard­ships from KC Mar­bles, where the func­tion was or­gan­ised, up to Ja­graon Bridge in the city. More than 100 ve­hi­cles ac­com­pa­nied Sharma, who was sched­uled to go to Chandigarh to as­sume the of­fice.

Sharma, who is also the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the BJP, had come to the city to at­tend the func­tion or­gan­ised by the BJP work­ers and district lead­ers. Lead­ers and work­ers of the BJP wanted to con­grat­u­late Sharma on his ap­point­ment as the po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to the Pun­jab CM.

How­ever, cel­e­bra­tions turned out to be a night­mare for com­muters, who had to wait at var­i­ous points be­cause of traf­fic jams.

Sharma’s cav­al­cade was halted at many places where the party work­ers were wait­ing for him with a gar­land. This made the ride for com­mon peo­ple more difficult.

Ga­gan­deep Singh, who got stuck in the traf­fic jam, said he was sup­posed to reach his of­fice at 12 noon, but due to the traf­fic jam, he would not be able to reach his of­fice on time. Politi­cians did not care about com­mon peo­ple, he added.

Mean­while, Sharma, who has been ap­pointed as the po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to the CM, ap­par­ently to smoothen the re­la­tions be­tween the SAD and BJP, said he had been en­trusted with a very im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I will en­sure that the re­la­tions be­tween both the par­ties are strength­ened to a great ex­tent,” Sharma added.

He said he would not let down the work­ers and lead­ers of the

BJP, who have shown trust in him.

“CM Parkash Singh Badal had shown trust in me and I will try to ful­fill the as­pi­ra­tions of the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Sat­pal Go­sain, for­mer health min­is­ter of Pun­jab, who was also present dur­ing the func­tion, said Sharma had al­ways been a great leader of the party and this was the rea­son that he has been en­trusted with such a big re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Go­sain said Sharma was al­ways ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mon peo­ple and party work­ers.

A BJP leader, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said this was the love of the work­ers that they came in such a large num­ber to wel­come their leader. Th­ese events do not take place on daily ba­sis so terming the cel­e­bra­tions as ha­rass­ment to the gen­eral pub­lic would not be right.

GAU­RAV BA­JAJ/HT

A ma­jor traf­fic jam caused by ve­hi­cles of BJP work­ers on Ferozepur Road in Lud­hi­ana on Wed­nes­day.

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