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During the course of the Great Revolt of 1857, the leadership at Delhi was nominally in the hands of Bahadur Shah, but the real control was exercised by:
1. Kunwar Singh
2. Begum of Oudh
3. Nana Saheb
4. General Bakht Khan

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : General Bakht Khan

The correct answer is General Bakht Khan.

  • During the course of the Great Revolt of 1857, the leadership at Delhi was nominally in the hands of Bahadur Shah, but the real control was exercised by General Bakht Khan.

  • General Bakht Khan was appointed as ‘subedar’, the chief native commanding officer, in the East India Company army at Bareilly.
  • Indian Rebellion of 1857 started with sepoys mutiny.
  • When the outbreak of the mutiny reached Bareilly the sepoys there acclaimed Subhedar Bahadur as their general.
  • The Bakht Khan took the responsibility and marched to Delhi to support the Mughal army. 
  • When the Bahadur Shah became Emperor of India, he gave Bakht khan the title of Saheb-e-Alam Bahadur. Bakht Khan became the actual commander of the sepoy forces.
  • The real commander in chief Mirza Zahiruudin due to lack of any military experience was just a nominal commander.
  • Eventually, the leadership at Delhi was nominally in the hands of Bahadur Shah, but the real control was exercised by General Bakht Khan.

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