Last update: January 6, 2023 14:30 IST
In politics, optics play an important role. When Punjab parliamentary speaker Amalinder Raja Waring recently started wearing the turban, it became the subject of interest and interpretation in the political world.
Coming at a time when the Punjabi leg of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is about to enter the state, the new dress code has roused many at his party.
A religious Sikh, Waring has been seen without a turban in recent years, but in recent days he’s been wearing a brightly colored turban. also shows him in a turban. The move has generated controversy, but Waring denies his political message. “I’ve always wanted to wear a turban. Fatehgarh Sahib finally answered the phone while visiting Shaheedi Jor Mela,” he told the media.
Despite his denials, the senior party leader is convinced of the subtle message.”When he took the reins of the party, he had many enemies. Waring wants to be under control, which also sends a message about who is in command, ”commented the leader.
Some party leaders believe there is a history behind the move. Upon announcing Charanjit Channi as prime minister, senior party leaders like Ambika Soni dismissed the possibility of Sunil Jakhar, pointing out that a Sikh should be the CM of Punjab. “Politics is all about identity, advocacy and timing,” the senior party leader quipped.
But opposition leader Paltap Bajwa says it’s no big deal. “When you follow a particular religion, you should follow all aspects of that religion, including wearing a turban. What he wears will reflect his maturity,” Bajwa said, adding that he suggested the PPCC chief should also start wearing a turban.
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