Histrionics is arguably the part and parcel of politics. A hurt to sentiments of a particular community is a ploy long used in Indian politics – often successfully but sometimes Netas simply overstep the accepted line.
So when an Akali leader questioned the absence of turban on a statue of Bhagat Singh installed in the Delhi Assembly premises, some questioned the backdrop of allegations and some clearly related the development to upcoming Punjab polls.
Aam Aadmi Party has challenged the Akali-BJP combine and the Congress and claims to have made inroads in a majority of constituencies in Punjab.
So it becomes an obvious target of political salvo. But then the question remains: Can a particular community claim its rights on Shaheed Bhagat Singh or for that matter on any national icon? Wasn’t Bhagat Singh a freedom fighter first and a Sikh later?