People forced to ‘worship’ only Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, says AAP’s Ghuggi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 18:30 IST
Comedian-turned-AAP leader Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi addressing party workers near Jalandhar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Comedian-turned-AAP leader lambasted the Congress party in a veiled attack on Sunday, saying successive governments had forced people to respect only “chacha and bapu”, referring to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.

Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.

“Our governments have taught us that we should worship only two people — one is “chacha” and the other “bapu”. Even if you don’t wish your own uncle, it has been made compulsory for us to wish this “chacha”. Won’t talk much about “bapu”, but we have to move beyond these things,” Ghuggi said while addressing volunteers of the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat.

Ghuggi made the comments in reference to his allegations that the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev had been “neglected”. Congress leaders were not available for comment.

Meanwhile, rubbishing reports that AAP had sidelined HS Phoolka, Ghuggi said on Sunday the party did not include the Supreme Court lawyer in its political affairs committee or the national executive because he had quit active politics.

“Phoolka ji is such a senior leader of AAP… how can anybody ignore him? It was he who opted out of active politics with an aim to contest cases related to the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots. If he is interested to come back, the party will welcome him,” Ghuggi said after addressing a meeting of volunteers for the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat.

Ghuggi’s comments came in reply to questions by journalists over the video clips on social media which showed Phoolka asking his supporters to not to contact him.

‘Volunteer’s ire’

While Ghuggi addressed the gathering, a party worker, probably in his 60s, interrupted by saying that “a few police officers” had entered the party only to get assembly tickets and that the party should put a check on such “intruders”.

The hall, where cop-turned-politician Sajjan Singh Cheema and Jasvir Rai from Jalandhar were also sitting, burst into laughter.

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