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Delhi Assembly Speaker ordered marshals to remove my turban, insulted my Sikh identity, says BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa

BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa has accused the Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel of insulting his identity as a Sikh by allowing the House marshals to remove his turban inside the Delhi Assembly. Speaking to reporters outside the Delhi Assembly, Sirsa said that he was demanding the removal of the House Speaker, to which Goel called on the marshals, who manhandled him and insulted him by removing his turban during the skirmish.

Sirsa was demanding the removal of the Speaker for deleting the mention of a motion that was cleared in the Delhi Assembly recently but removed from the Assembly’s Daily Bulletin later. The motion that Sirsa was referring to was presented by an AAP MLA and demanded the withdrawal of the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The MLA had sought the withdrawal of the award due to his stand on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Though the motion was passed in the Assembly, it was later removed by the Delhi Assembly Speaker.

Sirsa took to Twitter to express his angst over the incident in a series of tweets. “There has never been a sadder day in my life than today, nor will it ever be. The marshals under order from the Delhi Speaker removed my turban,” he said in one of the tweets.

In another Sirsa said, “I was shouting to them. Don’t put your hand on my turban. The Delhi Vidhan Sabha has shamed all Sikhs today.”

Accusing the AAP leadership including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of following on Congress’ footsteps, Sirsa said that he was “manhandled because he was demanding justice for the Sikhs who were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and for presenting a motion holding Rajiv Gandhi responsible for their death”.

He also said that AAP is not ready to hold Rajiv Gandhi responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots because the party is planning to form a coalition with the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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