Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Wednesday, December 4, asked the Centre to rename all the roads, streets, and monuments in Delhi that are named after Babur and Aurangzeb. Taking to Twitter, the SAD leader requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take the issue up with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and further direct New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). In the tweet, he mentioned that it should be renamed in order to "respect the sentiments of billions of Indians."
Sirsa also wrote a letter to Amit Shah requesting him the removal of the names. In the letter, he mentioned, "On behalf of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Sikh Sangat, would like to humbly request you to consider removing the name of Babur and Aurangzeb as they were tyranted rulers. Babar used all kinds of exploitation against people wherever he invaded. Mughal tyrant Aurangzeb was responsible for the forceful religious conversion of Hindus to Islam." He further wrote, "We should promote noble persons like Diwan Todar Mal. Moti Ram Mehra and Sher Mohammed Khan for renaming the streets and roads of Delhi against Aurangzeb so that people get the right message."
I humbly request @AmitShah Ji to take up with @ArvindKejriwal govt & direct NDMC to rename all the roads, streets and monuments in Delhi named after Babur and Aurangzeb... respecting the sentiments of billions of Indians@ANI @TimesNow @republic @htTweets @aajtak @thetribunechd pic.twitter.com/wGJyrlAeWR— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) December 4, 2019
Earlier on Sunday, December 1, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader along with other Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) members painted the Aurangzeb Lane signboard in Lutyens' Delhi. Sirsa demanded the removal of the Mughal Emperor's name from the signboards, streets and also textbooks.
लाखों हिन्दुओं का ज़बरन धर्म परिवर्तन करने वाले क्रूर शासक औरंगज़ेब का नाम भारत से पूरी तरह से मिटा देना चाहिए— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) December 1, 2019
RT if you want to erase the name of Aurangzeb from Indian roads and history books @aajtak @TimesNow @republic @ABPNews @thetribunechd @ANI @PTI_News @htTweets pic.twitter.com/mH7Qus71o6