July 22, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ Punjab (July 22, 2013): The city of Chandigarh that had been one of the unsettled issued between the states of Punjab, Haryana and the Union of India; once again could the issue to heated political blame-game. As per media reports the Haryana state has once again asserted it’s claim over the city of Chandigarh. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda reportedly said on July 21, 2013 that Punjab should vacate the Chandigarh if it wanted to set up a new city, called New Chandigarh.
“Objecting to Punjab’s move to develop the area of Mullanpur near Chandigarh as a new city and its proposal to name it New Chandigarh, Hooda said that Chandigarh was a “brand name” and Punjab should not try to copy it”, a news reported on FirstPoint.Com reads.
Hooda reportedly said that “It is unethical to do so”. As per information he was talking to reporters in Rohtak town of Haryana on July 22, 2013.
He further said that: “If Punjab wants to develop Mullanpur as New Chandigarh, it should first vacate Chandigarh and not claim any right on it by handing it over to Haryana. Then, Haryana would not mind its re-naming Mullanpur as New Chandigarh”.
Haryana CM argued that when the British shifted from Delhi, they renamed it New Delhi and vacated Old Delhi. He said that Punjab should follow the same.
It is notable that since the division of Punjab in November 1966, the Chandigarh is under direct control of Government of India and is listed as a union territory. It is the joint capital of states of Punjab and Haryana since November 1966.
In the recent past the people of Punjab launched many struggles to take back the Chandigarh, but the Government of India did not fulfil this demand.
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