New Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, General Secretary Manjit Singh has written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stating that the statue of Bhagat Singh with a hat in the Delhi Assembly hurts the sentiments of the Sikh community and that it should be replaced by the one which establishes his religious identity.
A S Sandhu, Nephew of Bhagat Singh spoke exclusively to NewsX and said, “The hat photo of Bhagat Singh is a known photo. The photo with the turban was of his early age and now that photo has reached to very limited people we should talk about his ideology and the freedom for which he gave his life."
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“This is the first time Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev statue have been set up by an assembly and we should appreciate the effort of the government who tried to give homage to the freedom fighters. This is a shameful pre-poll stunt and a needless controversy created by SGPC,” Sandhu further added.
Yadvinder Singh, the grand nephew of Bhagat Singh also spoke to NewsX and said, “ Bhagat singh does not belong to any particular religion or caste. Bhagat Singh is a freedom fighter and he will remain that whether he is with a turban or with a hat. We need to understand what Bhagat Singh wanted for the country and what were his ideology about the India.”
Earlier, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee has sparked a controversy over Bhagat Singh’s statue in Delhi Assembly. The General Secretary of the DSGMC has said that Bhagat Singh was a Sikh but the statue installed at Delhi Assembly has a hat. He has further said that the statue should have had a turban instead of a hat.