Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and MP Simranjit Singh Mann on Monday sought a separate country for Sikhs. He also defended his recent remarks calling freedom fighter Bhagat Singh a “terrorist”.
Mann, who elected to the Lok Sabha in last month’s byelection from Punjab’s Sangrur, took oath inside the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chamber on Monday. Three other new MPs took oath on the House floor.
Congress members criticised the Speaker for permitting to swear inside his chamber and not on the house floor. Several Congress leaders including Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu protested inside the House against the same, Muslim Mirror reported.
After coming out of the House, he defended his remarks on Bhagat Singh. “Bhagat Singh had killed a young, English naval officer. He had killed an Amritdhari Sikh constable. What would you call a person who hurled a bomb on Parliament? Tell me what would you call him?” he said while speaking to reporters.
He further said that he still supports the cause of Khalistan. “There should be a separate country for Sikhs. And Khalistan would act as a buffer state between two nuclear nations India and Pakistan,” the report quoted Mann as saying.