Chrysanthemum show begins

The three-day Chrysanthemum show started at the Terraced Garden in Sector 33 on Friday with a wide array of flowers on display, with some used to create topiaries of animals. As many as 253 varieties of chrysanthemums are on display at the show, which was inaugurated by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil.

Patil laid a wreath at the Martyrs Pillar in the garden and released a brochure dedicated to the show.

Addressing the gathering, he said flowers add beauty and fragrance to our lives and extended his wishes to the gardeners for their contribution to the show.

Meanwhile, Mayor Subhash Chawla said that when he took over he had announced that all functions would be centered on the theme of 'saving the girl child', which the show complied with. He also thanked the UT Administrator for reposing faith in the civic body.

Recently, a controversy had erupted in the municipal corporation after a nominated councillor alleged that other nominated councillors were sold to the Congress. This received support from the BJP-SAD councillors. However, the nominated councillor later apologised.

The Mayor said on Friday that he was thankful to Patil for appointing "such a good team of nominated councillors".

However, a city resident, who has won many prizes in the Chrysanthemum show in the past several years, refused to participate this year after questioning the fairness of the judges.

Virender Sharma, in a communication to the MC prior to the show, had demanded the judges be changed. Apart from this, a cultural programme was also organised by artists of the North Zone Cultural Centre and students of Gurukul Global School. Officials of the municipal corporation and UT Administration and councillors were present at the programme.

Also, a competition to award the best flowers in the city is held every year, the prizes for which will be given out on Sunday. The competition sees participation from city residents as well as government and semi-government organisations.

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