NEW DELHI, November 20: In a highly problematic statement, Dyal Singh College Governing Body chairman Amitabh Sinha, who led the move to change the name of the college to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, told Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee general secretary and Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa to leave India if he has a problem with the new name.
Sinha, while defending the decision to change the name of the college, said no one should have a problem with the name Vande Mataram. In a separate statement, Sinha, who is also a BJP leader, said, "Whether it’s your own mother or Bharat mata, mother is mother. Those who have a problem with paying obeisance to mother, there is a question mark on whether they are human beings or not.”
Sinha and Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa came head to head during a debate on a Zee TV channel on the issue of renaming of the Dyal Singh College. Taking a strong exception, Sirsa said he will sue Amitabh Sinha and will teach him a lesson.
Sinha told me if you do not like the new name, toh desh chorr do. I ask him why should I leave the country? Amitabh Sinha ne kya desh khareed liya hai? …I will file a case of treason against Amitabh Sinha... Main ehde danda thalle chane chaba diyanga.”
"Yesterday, during a debate on Zee TV, Sinha told me if you do not like the new name, toh desh chorr do. I ask him why should I leave the country? Kyon desh utte tuhada koyee vakhra haq hai? Amitabh Sinha ne kee desh khareed liya hai? Us ne jaidaad khareedi hai? Who is he? I will be filing a case against him. I am waiting for a copy of the CD from the channel…I will file a case of treason against Amitabh Sinha. He was trying to usurp the property of Dyal Singh Majithia. Main ehde danda thalle chane chaba diyanga.”
Sirsa was repeatedly referring to the fact that even in Pakistan, library named after Dyal Singh Majithia was running without anyone trying to change its name.
"Let Amitabh Sinha donate his entire property to a Trust and do some public good. Then I will go to his house, singing Vande Mataram,” Sirsa said.
"Main Amitabh Sinha nu ikk challenge karda han - Amitabh Sinha, tu be-imaan hain. Je tu imaandaar hain tan tun apni jaidaad iss Trust de naam karva. Phir asee Vande Mataram naam rakh diyange. Doosriyan di jaidaad utte Vande Mataram kar riha hai," Sirsa said.
Sirsa and Amitabh Sinha once again came head to head on PTC News in a debate on November 20 evening, where Sinha told Sirsa to use his brains and snapped, "Baat tameez se karna mere se. Tameez se baat karo." Sirsa hit back, saying, "Gunda samjhta hai tu apne aap ko...Tumhara maqsad minority ki jayedaad harrapna hai...Kehte ho tum Supreme Court ke advocate ho, baat gundo ki tarah karte ho." Sinha, in turn, accused Sirsa of trying to browbeat him. "Gunde ki tarah to tum behave kar rahe ho," Sinha snapped at Sirsa.
Meanwhile, the principal of the college, Pawan Sharma, has ruled out any reconsideration of the new name. "It's final,” he said. Sirsa has also named Pawan Sharma, alongwith Amitabh Sinha, in his complaint to the Lodhi Road Police Station, accusing them of illegally renaming the college.
The Akhil Bhartiya Vidiyarthi Parishad (ABVP), affiliated to the BJP, said no one should have a problem with the new name as Vande Mataram was neither the name of a person nor of a political group. "It is the national song of the country. Who can hate the name?” Bharat Katana, ABVP Delhi state secretary, said.
Sirsa called it "a grave illegal, unconstitutional and unwarranted act" on the part of Amitabh Sinha, Pawan Sharma and other members of the governing body.
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