Amritsar, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

Reiterating that BJP leader Narendra Modi was alien to the idea of India and not at all secular, former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh today asked him as why he refused to pay obeisance at the Durbar Sahib.

'Or does paying obeisance at a place like Durbar Sahib go contrary to your beliefs and worldview?' he asked.

In a statement issued here today, Capt Amarinder pointed out, Modi recently visited Punjab including Amritsar. It was for the first time that some leader, and that too the one who aspires to be the Prime Minister of a secular India, avoided to pay obeisance at Durbar Sahib, that has its doors open on all the four sides for all the people no matter which race, religion or region they belong to.

'No matter to which party, religion, race, region or the country you belong people pay their obeisance at Durbar Sahib and begin their work from there but Modi chose to avoid it for the reasons best known to him', the former Chief Minister pointed out, while adding, it raises more questions given the publicly pronounced and executed worldview of Modi that has not much respect for other faiths.

He said various heads of states, including Queen Victoria, have come to pay obeisance at the Durbar Sahib. 'People feel privileged and blessed for getting a chance to pay obeisance at this holy place and Modi in sheer arrogance or out of his communal and sectarian beliefs chose to avoid it which was not liked by the people here in Punjab', Capt Amarinder said.

The former Chief Minister asserted, that is the true character of Modi. 'He will publicly reject the humble offer of wearing a scull-cap thus hurting millions of people and now he avoided to pay obeisance at the Durbar Sahab', Capt Amarinder pointed out, while adding, 'there is every possibility that he might have refused to pay obeisance as usually his hosts would have suggested him to start his Punjab campaign after paying obeisance here at Durbar Sahab as is the normal practice here.'

(Posted on 28-04-2014)