State BJP president Kamal Sharma has said the poster showing Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal with slain militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, exhorting people to celebrate the birth anniversary of the former Khalistan ideologue was an anti-national activity.
In a press release, Sharma said the poster move an attempt to destabilise the state of Punjab.
Sharma dared New Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to categorically clarify on the matter and tell the people of Punjab whether his party supported “Bhindranwale ideology” or not. “Being a border state, Punjab is highly sensitive. Any move to compromise with the social fabric and the peace of Punjab to reap political benefits would be extremely dangerous,” warned Sharma.
Sharma also pointed out that AAP had played a proactive role during the Sarbat Khalsa congregation called by the radical outfits in Punjab. He alleged that “Khalistani supporters” and ultras sitting in foreign countries were supporting AAP openly, which was a matter of “grave concern”. He said the poster had, in a way, exposed the AAP before the people of Punjab.
Ridiculing the AAP for claiming that the poster was not issued by the party, Sharma said, “It is a typical character of the AAP that whenever the party is under fire, their leaders try to shift the blame on the opposition parties.”
Sharma said if the poster was not released by AAP then why the party remained mum on the issue for so many days. “Why AAP did not lodge a police complaint,” he said, while demanding a reply from Kejriwal.
“BJP is of the firm view that it will not allow anyone to disturb the hard-earned peace for petty political interests,” he said.