Congress leader Preneet Kaur opposes shifting Patiala artifacts to Amritsar
Former union minister and local MLA Ms Preneet Kaur has strongly opposed the state government move to shift various artefacts, which are part of city’s heritage, from Patiala to Amritsar.
In a statement issued here today, Ms. Kaur said, she had been told that special secretary to the Chief Minister KJS Cheema had recently visited Sheesh Mahal, Patiala to identify artifacts for shifting these to Gobindgarh Fort Museum in Amritsar.
She disclosed that a delegation of prominent citizens, including lawyers and media personnel from Patiala, called on her for preventing any such move. She assured the delegation that not even a single antique would be allowed to be taken away from Patiala.
Condemning the proposal, the former union minster took a dig at the Akali Government saying that having sold out prime properties of the town and siphoning off their sale proceeds, it is now targeting the artifacts with an intent to rob Patiala of its historic and heritage status.
Meanwhile, a group of lawyers from the city is already busy studying the legal position in this regard in the light of the Central as well as State Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, which provide for the protection of the antiques.