Press statement of Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) is shocked to learn about the burning of Notre Dame in Paris. We send our heartfelt condolences to the cardinal of Paris.
As a schoolboy I had read the famous writers book the Hunchback of Notre Dame written Victor Hugo who tried to save this Gothic structure then.
When learning about the Notre Dame I was taught how to pronounce the word of this cathedral and it was like this- Not A Dame”.
My son Emaan Singh has studied at the Notre Dame University in the Us from which he benefited a great deal.
We have learnt from the French newspaper that Premier Narinder Modi received 30,000 crore Euros in the Rafale fighter Aircraft deal with France as kick backs for his financers. We appeal to Premier Modi to return all these Euros to France to rebuild Notre Dame.
But France states it has a strict secular Constitution. As result it has banned the traditional headgear, the Turban of Sikhs in seeking admission to government sponsored institutions. However, it is clear to French historians that Sikh soldiers wearing their headgear the Turban liberated France from German occupation in the First World War and World War II, as such the French Government cannot spend any money to restore Notre Dame and the money that Premier Modi returns to France will go a long way in rebuilding this cathedral.
Our party Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar hopes Mr. Modi will be easy to part with his money to rebuild this religious structure though he has no love lost for the Muslims, Christians and the Sikhs.