Extraordinary gaffe: In Fadnavis’ function Bhagat Singh became Sukhdev


While verbal fight between the BJP and Congress over whether Savarkar begged to British or not continues, the Maharashtra government led by Devendra Fadnavis is facing heat identifying the image of Bhagat Singh as Sukhdev.

A photo of Fadnavis standing before several freedom fighters with the Bhagat Singh’s image being described as Sukhdev has gone viral.

The gaffe happened on 23 March when the country was marking Martyr’s Day events across India.

The opposition on Thursday launched stinging attack against the state’s BJP government for its “casual” approach. while commemorating the event to mark the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.


At the Martyrs Day event on Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid tributes to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, who were hanged in Lahore on 23 March, 1931.

The photos of the three martyrs were prominently displayed but in a major goof-up, the photo labelled Sukhdev was that of Bhagat Singh.

“Those in power now have nothing to do with martyrs and the glorious history of our freedom struggle,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told PTI.

These kind of goof-ups will continue to happen as solemn events like ‘shaheed diwas’ are treated in a “casual manner” by this government, Malik said.

Action should be taken not only against the official concerned but also higher-ups, he said.



  1. There is a further goof up by the writer of this article who also seems to have done a casual job . Photoes of three martyrs have not been displayed . The three photoes are BhagatSingh , BhagatSingh and Rajguru . One also needs to analyse what the problem is . Both Sukhdev and Rajguru have always been photographed in Topi and both of them had small moustache . There may have been several photoes with the ministry where they tried their own logic to determine who was who . I am not justifying what happened but If we understand how the problem occurred , it becomes a learning experience and the chances of it occurring again , reduce .

    And by the way , if you research the history of the photo of Bhagat Singh with the Pagadi you will find interesting information .


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