CHANDIGARH, Punjab: BJP Chief Minister of Utter Pardesh, Yogi Adityanath, has opposed the creation of Sikh-dominated Punjab’s lone Muslim town Malerkotla as 23rd district of the state.
A day after Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh declared this town as district and announced a slew of projects for the development of the town, Yogi shared another hateful tweet against Muslims in Hindi.
He said, “Any distinction on the basis of religion and religion is contrary to the basic spirit of the Constitution of India. Presently, the formation of Malerkotla (Punjab) is a reflection of the divisive policy of the Congress”.
The hateful tweet is drawing flaks over social media.
A doctor, Harsh Vivek Singh said in a reply, “A head of a religious sect who had garnered votes in the name of religion and his cult should absolutely refrain from commenting on Malerkotla being made a district. Job for you Bisht. Try changing the name of HINDUKUSH mountains. It is derogatory. You are fond of changing names”.
Another Twitter user Sushil Raghav said in a reply, “Please first see your own state where police are looting people. People are not getting beds, oxygen and medicines. People are loosing jobs yes they are getting wine on hiked prices”.
The Chief Minister made these announcements during the state-level celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, held virtually in view of the pandemic situation. Recalling the rich and glorious history of Malerkotla, the Chief Minister said its conversion into a district, which was a long-standing demand of the local people, would ease the hardships of such people and enable them to resolve their administrative problems more seamlessly.
Initially, said the Chief Minister, the sub-divisions of Malerkotla and Ahmedgarh, as well as the sub-tehsil of Amargarh, would be included in the newly created district. The process of bringing villages under the jurisdiction of Malerkotla district would begin later, after the conclusion of the census operations, he added. The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner Sangrur to find a suitable building to immediately start the functioning of the District Administration office. The Deputy Commissioner for the newly carved out district would be appointed soon, he said.
Announcing various development projects for the Malerkotla, the Chief Minister said that a Government Medical college, in the name of Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan, would soon be set up at a cost of Rs. 500 crore, and the State Government had already allotted 25 acres of land on Raikot Road to enable the local boys and girls to pursue medical education. The first installment of Rs. 50 crore for this purpose had already been sanctioned, he added.
The Chief Minister also announced establishment of a Government College for Girls to impart quality higher education to the local girls, who currently have to travel long distances for the same. A new bus stand will also be constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 crore, he said, adding that Malekotla will also get a ‘Mahila Thana’, to be exclusively managed by women.
To ensure holistic urban development of Malerkotla, the Chief Minister also announced a sum of Rs. 6 crore under the Urban Environment Improvement Program (UEIP).
Pointing to the city’s significance in Sikh history, the Chief Minister said people across the globe, especially Sikhs, revered Sher Mohammed Khan, former Nawab of Malerkotla, who raised his voice of protest against the inhuman act of torture and bricking alive of the Younger Sahibzadas (sons of 10th Sikh Master Guru Gobind Singh Jee) Baba Zorawar Singh Ji (9 years) and Baba Fateh Singh Ji (7 years) by the Governor of Sirhind Wazir Khan.
The Chief Minister further said that thereafter, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji had blessed Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan and people of Malerkotla that the city will live in peace and happiness. He further noted that the city is also blessed by the Sufi saint Baba Haider Sheikh, whose dargah also exists here.
Notably, Muslims of Malerkotla remained safe during communal violence during Indo-Pak partition in 1947.