AAP Youth manifesto row: Phoolka seeks pardon through sewa


Sewa prescribed by Akal Takht to Sikh politicians to atone for their mistakesAam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and senior advocate H S Phoolka performed sewa (volunteer service) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. He said that he sought forgiveness from the Akal Takht through his sewa for publishing pictures of the holy shrine on the cover of AAP’s youth manifestoes along with the picture of a broom, the party’s poll symbol.
The AAP also uploaded pictures of Phoolka washing the Langar Hall floor with a broom in hand on its Facebook page.
There have been many previous cases of the Akal Takht prescribing sewa to Sikh politicians to atone for their mistakes during administrative or political conduct.
Phoolka began his sewa at 3 am by washing utensils and cleaning the floor till around 5 am.He returned to serve at the Jora Ghar where devotees’ footwear are kept and cleaned at around 11.30 am. He later went to the Akal Takht and recited the ardass and prayed for forgiveness.
“The party had committed some mistakes and hence I had decided to perform this sewa. It was my own decision and I had the party’s permission for it. Later, I was informed that party chief Arvind Kejriwal will also perform sewa on July 19,” said Phoolka.
The party had come under attack for the cover picture on the youth manifesto that was released earlier this month. Leaders of the party have been apologising and promised to remove the offending photo from all its future work.
Attacking the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Phoolka said, “Where were Akalis when cabinet minister Bikram Majithia had distorted the ‘shabad’ of 10th guru and added the name of Arun Jaitley to it? Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had neither asked Majithia to quit and neither did Majithia offer to resign himself. Why are they asking Kejriwal for resign? Akali Dal has nothing to do with the Sikhs. They only raised this issue due to political reasons.”
Phoolka had distanced himself from party affairs in 2015 to concentrate on fighting for justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims.

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