SAD tutoring Akal Takht jathedar: Bhagwant Mann

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2016 10:45 IST
IN FULL FLOW: AAP leader Bhagwant Mann addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) campaign committee head Bhagwant Mann on Friday slammed Akal Takth jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh for giving “political statements”, claiming it proved he had been “tutored” by Akalis.

Mann said the jathedar’s warning to AAP leaders to desist from meddling in Sikh religious issues proved he was a political person. “The jathedar referred to the AAP manifesto as a bundle of lies. Is this not a political statement?” questioned Mann, talking to mediapersons here on Friday.

Reacting on controversies surrounding the party in Punjab, he said: “We have humbly admitted our mistakes and apologised to the people of Punjab. But we are not going to apologise to Badals or Akalis. Sikh religion forgives those who accept their mistake.”

Defending the involvement of AAP leaders from outside Punjab, Mann said none of them were holding key positions in the state. “AAP works as an all India team. I addressed over a hundred rallies in Delhi before the polls,” he said.

Informing the people about Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Talk to AK’ programme scheduled at 11am for July 17, Mann said Punjabis would take the lead in participating in it. He said Kejriwal will listen to people’s grievances and suggestions -- through the website – instead of “imposing” his thoughts on people like during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’.

Reacting to Captain Amarinder Singh’s allegation that he comes drunk to the Lok Sabha, Mann questioned how the state Congress chief could know what happened in the parliament as he rarely attended it. “In the past three sessions, Amarinder has zero attendance,” he said.

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