Mayor plants 86 saplings on Badalís birthday

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In what can be termed sycophancy in the name of spreading awareness about environment, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria planted 86 saplings in the city on Saturday, which happened to be the birthday of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. However, the mayor claimed that the ''idea was to give message to the citizens to plant saplings and increase greenery in Ludhiana as it was declared the most polluted city by WHO''.

The plantation drive, which started from SCD Government College and went on up to Rakh Bagh and Rose Garden of the city, saw the treeguards having special planks mentioning that "the saplings have been planted on CM's birthday by the mayor''.

A source from the mayor's office said, "Mayor has given special orders to all the workers to make sure that these saplings never dry up and special focus be laid on them.''

"Ludhiana has been declared as the most polluted city and thus to give the message of planting more trees, I thought of this idea," Mayor Gohalwaria told Ludhiana Newsline.

Asked why the CM's birthday was chosen as the only day to 'give the message', he said, "It was just to tell people that they should also plant trees on the birthdays of their children and elders."

The CM also celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake at the residence of his close friend Bhagwan Singh in Ludhiana.

Confusion about CM's age

Confusion regarding the actual age of the CM continued on Saturday. While the Mayor on Friday declared that ''87 saplings will be planted equal to the age of CM'', he changed the statement on Saturday. He said, "There was some confusion earlier. We thought CM will complete 87 years on Saturday but later after checking our facts, we have planted 86 saplings as he completed 85."

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