Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan, who has been booked for hurting religious sentiments in Punjab, came out with a strong apology to douse the raging issue and salvage the party’s reputation ahead of the state assembly polls on Wednesday.
Speaking to ANI, Khetan went to the extent of saying that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-led government in Punjab can mete out any punishment to him, including “crucifixion”, if not satisfied with his apology.
“I had apologised to the people even yesterday (Tuesday) with folded hands. People were hurt by something I said. Waheguru ji forgives everyone, I never intended to hurt anyone’s religious feelings,” he told ANI.
“If Akali government is not satisfied with my apology, they can give me any punishment. (Weh mujhe jis sooli par latkana chahtein hain, latka saktein hain),” he added.
Khetan was booked for comparing the party’s youth manifesto for the upcoming elections with Guru Granth Sahib, the religious scripture of the Sikhs. An FIR was registered against Khetan under Section 295 A (hurting religious sentiments) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).