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Akali MLA blackens signboard of Aurangzeb lane

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa along with other Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) members blackened Aurangzeb Lane signboard in Lutyens’ Delhi on Sunday and demanded removal of Mughal emperor’s name from road signages and textbooks.

Aurangzeb was a “murderer” who killed Guru Tegh Bahadur and tortured Guru Gobind Singh’s sons, Mr. Sirsa said.

Justifies action

“People need to be reminded of Aurangzeb’s bloody past on this day of Guru Tegh Bahadur’s martyrdom,” Mr. Sirsa said justifying his action.

The DSGMC president said the Central government and States should ensure that no roads were named after Aurangzeb and he was not taught in school and colleges.

“It is surprising that Aurangzeb was glorified despite his atrocities on Sikh gurus. There should be a debate in Parliament over who is responsible for this,” he said.

The Mughal emperor was “systematically” glorified after Independence, and not only roads were named after him, he is taught in school and colleges, Mr. Sirsa said.

He was accompanied by Akali Dal leader Harmeet Singh Kalka, Kulvant Singh Baarh and Vicky Mann.

Notably, in 2015, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation had renamed Aurangzeb Road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road, but the lane’s name remained the same.


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