Manifesto gaffe: Pro-Akali Sant Samaj demands Kejri’s apology

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2016 10:37 IST
Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma (HT File Photo)

Demanding immediate apology from Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal for the party’s youth manifesto gaffe, Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma-led Sant Samaj on Friday warned him of retaliation.

“If Kejriwal and his associates fail to apologise for their anti-Sikh acts, they would have to face the wrath of Sikh panth... Kejriwal would himself be responsible for any befitting reply given by the Sikhs,” reads a statement issued by the Sant Samaj, which is a conglomerate of Sikh bodies known to be close to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Alleging the Delhi chief minister and his party leaders were fast becoming enemies of Sikhism, Dhumma compared Kejriwal with Muslim rulers, who attacked the Golden Temple. “Mughals and Ahmad Shah Abdali targeted Sri Darbar Sahib because they wanted to end Sikhism and its ideals,” he said, adding, “Now, the baton is with Kejriwal.”

“Comparing the election manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib is part of a well-planned strategy. The other such act is his (Kejriwal’s) photo dressed as a Nihang,” reads the resolution, while objecting to the AAP leader’s presence at a Nirankari function. The Sant Samaj also accused Kejriwal government of trying to stop the construction of a statue in memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur near Qutub Minar.

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