The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that it has tendered an unconditional apology to the Sikh ‘sangat’ for inadvertently hurting their religious sentiments, either by the choice of words or by the cover design of the youth manifesto, and “Badal and company” are nobody to reject it summarily.
Addressing the media here on Thursday, AAP spokesman Sukhpal Khaira and party’s legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill, said, “Sikh ‘sangat’ is known for forgiveness. Our leaders Ashish Khetan and Kanwar Sandhu tendered an apology to the community and not to the arrogant Badals, who rejected the gesture only to politicise the issue.”
Khaira said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, who portray as if they were the only well-wishers of the ‘panth’, have degenerated the Sikh institutions and committed bigger blasphemous acts during their rule in Punjab and never tendered an apology.
Khaira recalled that during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, minister Bikram Singh Majithia in his bid to eulogise BJP leader Arun Jaitley wrongly recited a ‘shabad’ (couplet) from the Gurbani. “Majithia’s act hurt the feelings of the Sikhs. But the police did not book him,” said Khaira. “Later, Majithia apologised, so has Khetan. Why Badal government is adopting different yardsticks for Majithia and Khetan?” he said.
He said during Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee polls in 2013, SAD used the picture of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib on its manifesto along with the election symbol, the bucket, on it. “No one from the SAD has apologised for that to date,” he said.
The ‘red book’
Shergill said the party was keeping a ‘red book’ to list names of politicians and bureaucrats indulging in “illegal” acts at the behest of their political masters. “I warn them that when AAP comes to power, action will be taken against them,” he said.