Ludhiana, March 11, 2016: Accusing Punjab BJP President of misleading the people of the country over the naming of Chandigarh Airport on the name of our revered martyr Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Member of Parliament from Ludhiana S.Ravneet Singh Bittu today asked him to apologize to the people for playing with their emotions and trying to mislead them.
Ravneet asked Shri Kamal Sharma to tell the people when he has met Chief Minister of Haryana on this issue? When did the Chief Minister of Haryana agree to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh? When did the Chief Minister of Haryana has written to Union Civil Aviation Ministry to name the airport on the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh? and When your proposal was accepted by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry?
Bittu released to the media the reply of Dr.Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Civil Aviation to his question on March 3, 2016 regarding the naming of Chandigarh airport to which the Minister on the floor of the House had said that due to non-consensus between State Government of Punjab and Haryana the airport terminal could not be named. Despite the tall claims being made by the State BJP President, Ravneet said this is actually the same reply he had received three month back on December 3, 2015 to the similar question. This proves beyond doubt that on the one hand the feelings of the people are deeply hurt over the delay in the naming of the airport on the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, on the other hand the BJP ruling in Punjab, Haryana and at the centre is disrespecting the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and playing petty politics in naming Chandigarh Airport, he said.
While stating that the supreme sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh for the independence of the Nation is unparalled and the people of the country particularly the youth consider him as their role model, Ravneet gave an ultimatum to the Punjab Government to impress upon its alliance partner in the Centre to name the Chandigarh Airport on the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh before his martyrdom day or else on March 23, 2016 we will pay tributes and respects to our hero by naming the airport after him.
On March 2, 2016 Shri Kamal Sharma had claimed that he had successfully mediated between the two state governments on the issue and that a consensus had been arrived at between Punjab and Haryana over the airports name. Haryana Chief Minister has agreed to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh, he had said.