Capt asks Modi why he refused to visit Darbar Sahib

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2014 22:32 IST

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 has asked Modi as to why he had refused to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib. "Or does paying obeisance at a place like Durbar Sahib go contrary to your beliefs and worldview," he asked Modi.

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

He added that irrespective of party, faith, race, region or the country they belong to, people pay obeisance at Darbar 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.

He said various heads of states, including Queen Victoria, have come to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib. Capt asserted that this is the true character of Modi. "He will publicly reject the humble offer of wearing a scullcap thus hurting millions of people and now he avoided to pay obeisance at Durbar Sahib," Capt Amarinder Singh pointed out.

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