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Mann didn’t remove Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s portrait, viral image is from another CMO room

BJP leaders have accused Bhawant Mann of replacing the Sikh leader's image with portraits of Bhagat Singh & B.R. Ambedkar, terming it a 'disrespectful attack on Sikh identity' by AAP govt.

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New Delhi: An image showing newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann taking charge of his office in the Chief Minister’s Office in Chandigarh Wednesday has gone viral on social media while accusing him of removing the portrait of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh from the room.

Several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders hit out at Mann for allegedly replacing Ranjit Singh’s portrait with pictures of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and social reformer B. R. Ambedkar.

“Kejriwal govt’s disrespectful attack on Sikh identity. Punjab govt removes photo of Maharaja Ranjit Singh from Punjab Chief Minister’s Office,” BJP leader Preeti Gandhi posted on Twitter Thursday.

Comparing Mann with other former chief ministers of Punjab, Gandhi noted that no other governments in the “past dared to remove” the portrait of the Sikh ruler, Singh, also known as the Lion of the Punjab or Sher-e-Punjab, from the CMO office in Chandigarh.

Punjab BJP’s general secretary Subhash Sharma sarcastically said putting up images of the two leaders was “highly commendable” but criticised the “removal” of the Sikh leader’s portrait. He said Mann’s actions have “not just insulted the great personality” but the whole of Punjab.

News agency ANI also posted a picture of Mann from his office at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, showing Singh and Ambedkar’s portraits in the backdrop.

Fact check

The image that went viral on social media showing Mann with the portraits of Bhagat Singh and B.R. Ambedkar is from a different room in the CMO office.

Mann did not remove any portrait of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In fact, ANI shared another post of Mann from his “maiden meeting” where the Sikh leader’s portrait can be clearly seen in the background.

Several Twitter users came in support of the Punjab CM and demanded Preeti Gandhi delete her post.

Twitter user Rahul Tahiliani asked the Punjab government to initiate legal action against Gandhi for “spreading fake news” and “damaging the social fabric” of the state.  

(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)


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