Joint programme by Rajputs-Sikhs on anniversary of Banda Bahadur

Office bearers of Amar Kashtriya Rajput Sabha and State Gurudwara Parbandhak Board in a joint press conference at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Excelsior Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 30: Dousing all tensions, Amar Kashtriya Rajput Sabha (AKRS) and State Gurudwara Parbandhak Board have decided to jointly organise programme on anniversary of Banda Singh Bahadur-a great warrior of north India.
In a joint press conference here today AKRS president, Paviter Singh and State Gurudwara Parbandhak Board president, Tarlochan Singh Wazir said that they will decide the venue of the programme later on.

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These leaders also condemned ex-president of Rajput Sabha and BJP leader, Narayan Singh for triggering controversy over the name of Banda Bahadur.
Talking to reporters Paviter Singh said that Narayan Singh’s false statement regarding the name of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was against the communal harmony of Rajput and Sikh communities.
“Narayan Singh is not any office bearer of Rajput Sabha so the community is advised to not to pay heed to his statements,” Paviter Singh maintained.
Speaking on the occasion, S. Tarlochan Singh hailed the maturity shown by Rajput Sabha in dousing the tension triggered by alleged wrong statement of Narayan Singh.
It is pertinent to mention here that few days back Narayan Singh had said that Rajput Sabha would organise programme on anniversary of ‘Banda Bairagi’ and the Sikhs had resented the move as the warrior was christened as Banda Singh Bahadur by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh Ji.
It is worthy to mention here that Banda Singh Bahadur was born in a Rajput family in Rajouri district of J&K but later he was baptised by Guru Govind Singh Ji after which he became his disciple and got the name Banda Singh Bahadur.
The warrior ultimately laid his life fighting against the atrocities.