Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said putting the image of broom along with that of the Golden Temple was not an inadvertent error by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) but a “deliberate political move” aimed at targeting a particular section of the society.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Amarinder said the act aimed at conveying an “agnostic message”, which the authors of the manifesto thought would convey a signal of “social change” and “equality” that they did not make any difference between the broom and the holiest place of the Sikhs.
“But the idea boomeranged and now they are running for cover,” he added.
Referring to AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s proposed visit to the Golden Temple on July 11, he said first his (Kejriwal’s) AAP hurt the religious feelings of the Punjabis and now he had resorted to his characteristic theatrics by offering a visit to the Darbar Sahib to make up for his wrongs. “This is what usually happens when a party is not only ignorant of the ground realities but also insensitive towards the feelings of the masses,” he said.