Kejriwal’s yet another attempt to woo Punjabi voters, Delhi flyover named after Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

The AAP government's decision comes just a day after it put out full-page advertisements declaring that Punjabi language would be made compulsory in all government schools in the city.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2016 12:18 pm
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The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has put out advertisements in prominent national dailies to announce that it was naming the Barapulla flyover in the city after Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a Sikh icon who wields influence among both Sikhs and Hindus. The move was made by the government in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of his martyrdom day.

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who was initially a Hindu ascetic and later converted to Sikhism after coming in contact with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, is revered by both the Hindu and Sikh communities living in Punjab and other parts of the country.

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Baba Banda Bahadur, following the orders of Guru Gobind Singh, had organised an army to fight the Mughals and established his authority in Punjab region before he was captured and brought to Delhi in 1715 where he was tortured and killed in public view.

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The AAP government’s decision comes just a day after it put out full-page advertisements declaring that Punjabi language would be made compulsory in all government schools in the city. It also said at least one Punjabi teacher in every school was made compulsory and their salaries were also raised.

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“The government’s decision follows several representations demanding to name the flyover after the legendary Sikh Warrior. History traces back his martyrdom at Mehrauli in Delhi,” said an official statement released by the party.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Gurdwara Shahidi Asthaan Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is situated at Mehrauli near the historic Qutab Minar in memory of his martyrdom.

Questions are now being asked whether the party is using its government in Delhi to extend its reach to the entire Punjabi community including both Sikhs and Hindus ahead of the crucial state elections in Punjab next year. Sikhs make about 4 per cent of Delhi’s population.

The party hopes to replicate its Lok Sabha success in Punjab when it won four out of the 13 seats in the state. Although it has not announced a chief ministerial candidate, AAP leader Ashutosh made it clear that Arvind Kejriwal, who leads the party’s government in Delhi, will not go to Punjab.

While the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal will be hoping for a record third shot at power, the AAP will face tough competition from the Congress, which has brought back Captain Amarinder Singh as its state president.

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    concerned Indian
    Jun 11, 2016 at 6:38 am
    कितना निचे गिरो गए मतों के लिए। मेहेरबानी करके महान लोगो का नाम अपने स्वार्थ के लिए उपयोग न करो (ये अन्य राजनेतिक पक्षों पे भी लागु पड़ता है)
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      Sundeep multani
      Jun 13, 2016 at 7:52 am
      Punjabi is cultural language and it is also must teach in schools for understanding gurbani special in Punjabi speaking areas
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        Sundeep multani
        Jun 13, 2016 at 7:26 am
        Who gave u this number of 80000 guru Teg bahadur JI knew what he was doing if u are not a Muslim it just because of him brother
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          Yash
          Jun 12, 2016 at 7:44 am
          I pray that lord show the people of Punjab the right way and not be fooled by the freebies and false promises of the AAP partylt;br/gt; May they choose wisely and prevent themselves from chaos and economic downturn.
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            Anil
            Jun 11, 2016 at 7:52 am
            Small mercy it's not named after some hi or Nehru! Seriously, this is a disturbing enough trend, political parties latching on to men and women long gone to get political mileage; more worrying is that such opportunistic, cynical political moves are rewarded by sections of voters!!
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              sethuram Sethuram
              Jun 12, 2016 at 6:02 am
              From today all Indians should name their dresses and a symbol embossed in the name of some national hero or other. For eaxmple a langoti could be name Shri Shri Rajiv hiji Dhikhambar langoti. The symbol could be a hand. I promise it will be great way to show off.
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                Indian Express.
                Jun 12, 2016 at 12:08 am
                Arvind Kejiriwal God bless you .Sir u r very honestman.we lv cap.also.He jail P S Badal his son Sukhbir Totasingh sucha singh langha and ppsc chairmen Raviinder singh and so many big corupt oficers.and farmers also very happy.he fail donot who is or the bad fate or foolishness of punjabis God knows the truth .sought comm.way .i love u .and respect u.thanks.
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                1. শৌনক বসু
                  Jun 12, 2016 at 1:34 am
                  More than you LOL
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