The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday sought an explanation from former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for his alleged act of distorting Gurbani in his public address in Ludhiana last month, saying that the attack on his cavalcade in Jammu was a fallout of the act in the absence of his apology.
"Members of the Sikh community in Jammu have repeatedly protested against Sidhu and demanded that he seek forgiveness for distorting Gurbani. Instead of replying to this issue, Sidhu is politicising a strictly religious issue," SAD general secretary Maheshinder Singh Grewal said in a statement here.
Sidhu had landed in controversy at a religious function in Ludhiana nearly a month ago where he was accused of wrongly attributing the words of Guru Arjan Dev to Arjun of Mahabharata in his speech.
"All wise men are prone to correction and do correct themselves when their mistakes are pointed out to them by their community elders. However the manner in which Sidhu is behaving despite being clearly in the wrong for distorting the religious hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib points to a wider conspiracy. If this is so Sidhu is playing with fire as peace has been won in Punjab after a long struggle".
Advising Sidhu not to take the path of confrontation with his own religion, the SAD asked him to atone for his mistakes.
Stating that Sidhu had been behaving like a maverick since the last few months, the SAD leader said first Sidhu boycotted his own party when its senior leadership did not give him the party ticket from Amritsar. "Sidhu refused to campaign for Jaitely whom he had earlier described as his political guru. He even gave a green signal to his relatives to help Jaitely's opponent - Capt Amarinder Singh out of sheer frustration," Grewal alleged.
"You should not allow your ego to get the better of you", he said adding "the guru is all forgiving. All you have to do is approach him as a humble Sikh".