Lucknow: Hitting out at the Amarinder Singh government over the creation of the new district of Malerkotla in Punjab, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that the act reflects the divisive policy of the Congress.
A day after Amarinder Singh made the announcement, Yogi Adityanath tweeted in Hindi that any difference based on religion and people’s faith is in opposition to the spirit of India’s Constitution.
On Friday, Malerkotla was declared as the 23rd district of Punjab by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. He also announced several projects for the historic city’s development. Malerkotla, which is about 131 km from Chandigarh, was carved out Sangrur district.
In response to Mr. Adityanath’s ‘inflammatory’ tweet, Mr. Singh asked him to stay out of Punjab’s affairs. He said that unlike the communal discord situations in UP, which was under the divisive and destructive BJP government, Punjab was in much better shape.
He also questioned Yogi Adityanath of his knowledge about Punjab’s ethos or Malerkotla’s history, whose relationship with Sikhism and its Gurus is known to every Punjabi. Adding to that, he also asked about his understanding of the Indian Constitution which is being boldly trampled down every day by his own government in the state of UP.
The announcements on Malerkotla were made during the state-level virtual celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’. On the festive occasion, Mr. Singh underlined India’s secular character, saying that it was manifested in the defeat of communal forces in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal during the recent assembly elections.
The Sikh community across the globe respects Sher Mohammed Khan, the former Nawab of Malerkotla. He is believed to have raised his voice against the torture and bricking alive of the two sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, by the Mughals.
As per the CM’s statement, firstly, the sub-divisions of Malerkotla and Ahmedgarh, along with the sub-tehsil of Amargarh, would be included in the newly created district. Later, the process of bringing villages under the jurisdiction of the Malerkotla district would begin.
Established in 1454 by Sheikh Sadruddin-i-Jahan from Afghanistan, Malerkotla was restablished as the State of Malerkotla in 1657 by Bayazid Khan. It later got merged with other nearby princely states to create the Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU). It was in 1956 then, during the reorganization of states, that the territory of the former state of Malerkotla became part of the state of Punjab.
Captain Amarinder Singh, who belongs to the former Patiala royals, recalled his cordial ties with the then Nawab of Malerkotla, fondly referred by him as “chachaji”.