Punjab CM gives function for Kuka martyrs a miss

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Old 18-Jan-2011
Punjab CM gives function for Kuka martyrs a miss

Malerkotla January 18:

The state-level function to commemorate the death anniversary of 66 Kuka martyrs here evoked a lukewarm response due to the non-participation of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Interestingly, the head of the martyr Kuka sect, Satguru Jagjeet Singh Ji, also failed to attend the function. Even the SADís probable candidate from Malerkotla, Izhar Aalam, did not come.

Two ministers, state Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, who attended the function, recalled the supreme sacrifices made by the Kuka martyrs in 1872, which had laid the foundation for the freedom struggle of India. While Kairon announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the development of the memorial in Malerkotla, Gabria said he had granted Rs 5 crore for the development of a memorial at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana district. Out of this, Rs 3 crore had already been received by the authorities there, he added.

Addressing a gathering, MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder thanked CM Parkash Singh Badal for getting the picture of the Kuka martyrs displayed at Parliament complex in Delhi. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former minister Jasbir Singh, while recalling the supreme sacrifice of the Kuka martyrs, praised the former CM and senior Congress leader, Beant Singh, for allocating grants judiciously for the development of the memorial at Malerkotla.

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