Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said no to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) ambitious project to build a cow memorial at Joga village in Mansa district.
Following the seizure of carcasses in a bone crushing mill at Joga village in 2012, communal tension was reported in the area. The CM had then announced to build a memorial in memory of “slaughtered cows”. It was named Rashtriya Shaheedi Gau Smarak and the Punjab Gau Sewa Commission was to handle the project.
Sources said Badal has now conveyed to the Gau Sewa Commission that building a cow memorial at Joga can create communal tension, so it is not in public interest to go ahead with the project. Keemti Bhagat, commission chairman, said the CM had asked the commission to build the memorial at some other place. “We have refused the offer. It is a historical place where cows were slaughtered, so there is no sense in making the memorial at some other place,” Bhagat said.
He said they would again write to the government to seek permission for the memorial at the same place. The CM acted on a unanimous resolution passed against the memorial by all 13 members of the nagar panchayat.
Earlier, the nagar panchayat, in its resolution, had alleged that the memorial would lead to communal tension in their village and the land should instead be given to a gaushala. The panchayat had conveyed the same to Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
The government had acquired 3 acres of land for Rs 60 lakh to build the memorial at a cost of Rs 5 crore. It was the same land where earlier a bone crushing unit was functioning. The commission had even prepared drawings of the memorial and other buildings which were planned at the site.
22 May 2019
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