Chandigarh: Ardent followers of Sikhism from Nizamabad in Telengana actually do not know how to speak, read and write Punjabi. Though, being baptised, they have been following the primitive tradition of greeting people by saying, ‘Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahegure Ji ki Fateh’ but they cannot converse in Punjabi.
The family of the first Sikh women nominated councillor, Rinku Kaur from Nizamabad in Telengana Municipal Corporation was unable to converse in Punjabi but when asked for her name, she replied, ‘Sardarni Rinku Kaur’.
Interestingly, her children accompanying her while in conversation with Daily Post reporter, proudly introduced themselves as Sardar Jagbir Singh (son) and Sardarni Jasmit Kaur (daughter). When further asked to speak in Punjabi, they said that they did not know Punjabi but were confortable in Hindi. They said that they were taught Telegu, their native language.
Dilraj Singh, husband of Rinku Kaur, said, “Our great grand forefathers were in the Army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh when the forces reached Hyderabad, our forefathers did not return to Punjab and settled there. So, we are not that confortable with Punjabi as we have been born and brought up with Telegu as our mother tongue.”
The MC delegation comprising 50 councillors and five nominated councillors had 23 councillors from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), 19 from All India
Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), three from BJP and four from Congress. Out of all these, 29 are the women councillors including Mayor.
Sayeed Kaiser, treasure of AIMIM said that nominated councillors do not have right to vote in Nizamabad MC and the Mayor is elected for five years. DP
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