Why is Punjab Police not arresting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi legislator Naresh Yadav for his alleged involvement in the sacrilege of Quran in Malerkotla? questioned Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday.
Though he has been confronted by cops during investigations into the desecration of the holy book, police have failed to put him behind bars, he added.
He also lashed out at the AAP for its “repeated sacrilegious and blasphemous acts hurting religious sentiments of people”.
Accusing police of going soft on the AAP MLA, the former chief minister questioned if there was some “understanding between the AAP and the ruling Akali-BJP alliance to disturb peace in the state”.
There is a pattern in the sacrilege incidents which started with the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib followed by Bhagavad Gita and now with the Quran. “There seems to be clear and deliberate design to sabotage the peace in Punjab and it must be curbed with iron fist,” he added.
A BLASPHEMOUS ACT
Amarinder also condemned the AAP for using their party symbol broom along with the picture of the Golden Temple on their manifesto cover, which, he said, was blasphemous act. Comparing the election manifesto with holy books also betrayed the AAP’s ignorance and insensitivity towards the religious sentiments of people, he said, demanding apology from AAP’s top brass.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: BHATTAL
“It is disheartening and not acceptable to people of Punjab,” said senior Congress leader and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, reacting to AAP’s comparing its manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib.
“Though he (Ashish Khetan) has apologised, this will not undo his mistake,” she said.
Trashing the AAP’s youth manifesto, Bhattal said the party has no base in Punjab. “The AAP has a tendency of playing to gallery for cheap political gains rather than doing anything for the common man,” she added.