Leaders of ruling SAD-BJP alliance have accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of using religion to meet his political ends and even termed his ‘sewa’ at Golden Temple a blasphemous act.
“Kejriwal has disrespected the Sikh ethos by indulging in a sham ‘sewa’ and it appeared that he was self obsessed and the Darbar Sahab visit to him was merely a PR exercise,” Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and the party’s spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said here in a joint statement.
“Kejriwal conducted a sham ‘sewa’ by washing utensils which were already clean. He came to the Darbar Sahab as a chief minister and not as a devotee,” the SAD leaders said.
They said if Kejriwal had any remorse, he should have sought forgiveness at Darbar Sahab immediately after the AAP faced the heat for printing the picture of Golden Temple on its youth manifesto and comparing the document with the Guru Granth Sahib.
“You (Kejriwal) made what was supposed to be a solemn occasion into a ‘tamasha’, proving that your visit was politically motivated,” the SAD leaders said.
Punjab BJP president and union minister Vijay Kumar Sampla also condemned Kejriwal, terming his visit to Golden Temple as a publicity stunt.
“Today, Kejriwal went a step ahead and insulted the concept of ‘sewa’ for political gains,” Sampla said. “Announcing a date for ‘sewa’ and turning up with camera crews is an insult to the devotees who do ‘sewa’.”