Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi on Saturday put out fulll page advertisements in national dailies announcing the a famous Delhi landmark will henceforth be named after a famous Sikh Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.
Barapulla flyover in the city will now be named after Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.
This comes a day after Delhi government was widely condemned for using Delhi’s taxpayers’ money to further its political ambitions in Punjab.
Saturday’s advertisement campaign too is believed to have been launched keeping next year’s elections in mind as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur enjoys immense clout not just among Sikhs but also Hindus, a faith he reportedly practiced before converting to Sikhism.
The Sikh icon was believed to have followed the orders of Guru Gobind Singh to fight the Mughals. He had even managed to establish his authority in Punjab region but was soon captured and brought to Delhi in 1715, when he was tortured and killed in public view.
The Delhi government’s decision coincides with the 300th anniversary of Baba Bahadur’s death anniversary.
AAP had come under considerable criticism on social media and from political rivals on Friday for its decision to plaster newspapers in the national capitals with full page ads highlighting its plan to make Punjabi mandatory in Delhi government schools.