Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Resolution on airport name bid to woo Ravidassias

Jalandhar: By passing a resolution in the state assembly to name an upcoming domestic airport at Adampur after Guru Ravidass, Punjab government has taken a major step in pleasing the Ravidassia/Adi-dharmi community, which has strong presence in Punjab, especially in Doaba region.
In fact, all parties appeared to have one voice on the issue and there appeared even a sense of competition among leaders of different parties to support the move once Dera Sachkhand Ballan first raised the demand by convening a meeting of current and former Scheduled Caste MLAs and MPs in July at Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Hospital at Kathaar village. All former and current MLAs and MPs supported the move and the then minister of state, Vijay Sampla, and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary wrote to the Union government for naming the airport after Guru Ravidass.
Sri Guru Ravidass Sadhu Sampardai Society head by Sant Nirmal Dass had also raised the demand. However, the Congress government has now sought to score a major political goal by getting a resolution passed in the state assembly and pushing the ball in the court of BJP-led Union government. "Now, the entire responsibility for naming the airport after Guru Ravidass is on the Union government and SAD-BJP leaders will be answerable if any delay happens," said a Congress MLA from Doaba region.
29/11/17 IP Singh/Times of India