DW BUREAU / Amritsar
Several hoardings which had surfaced here across the holy city, hailing Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as “real heroes” for turning the Kartarpur Corridor project into a reality, were on Wednesday brought
down hurriedly by some unknown persons and municipal workers.
The hoardings, which surfaced on Tuesday, credited the cricketer-turned-politicians for making the project, giving Sikh devotees an easy access to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara across the border in Pakistan, a reality.
The hoardings, carrying Sidhu’s picture alongside Khan’s, read in Gurmukhi, “Sidhu and Imran Khan are the real heroes for making the Kartarpur corridor project a reality… the credit goes to them.” But barely a day after the hoardings came up in the city, some unknown people along with Amritsar Municipal Corporation workers removed them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak on November 9.
The hoardings, hailing Sidhu and Khan as “real heroes” of the corridor project, had been put up in the city by former cricketer’s staunch supporter and municipal Councillor Harpal Singh Verka, whose picture too adorned the hoardings.
Verka said he put up hoardings at various prominent locations including Ranjit Avenue, Mall Road and Amritsar East Assembly constituency, from where Sidhu is an MLA.
Sidhu’s wife and former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu said removing hoardings was prerogative of the administration.
Talking to mediapersons here, Kaur said, “As far as the matter of removal of hoardings at various locations of the city is concerned, I feel nothing wrong in it, it is prerogative of administration, as the hoardings were carrying pictures of prime minister of another country.