Already on the back foot after the alleged involvement of party MLA Naresh Yadav in the desecration controversy, Kejriwal hit a slippery course on July 3 when he and his party colleagues released AAP’s youth manifesto.Delhi Chief Minister and AAP’s National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s social engineering formula failed to evoke response as his three-day Punjab visit, which concluded on Tuesday, was mired in controversies- the latest being Ashish Khetan comparing the party’s youth manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib.
Already on the back foot after the alleged involvement of party MLA Naresh Yadav in the desecration controversy, Kejriwal hit a slippery course on July 3 when he and his party colleagues released AAP’s youth manifesto.He earlier faced a ‘poster attack ‘ from a Sikh while visiting the famous Golden Temple complex.
Kejriwal was blamed for razing a drinking water point in Chandni Chowk, Delhi in the posters which were hurled at him.
The cover of the youth manifesto, released on Sunday, was itself controversial as it showed a broom with the Golden Temple in the backdrop.
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Party’s spokesperson Ashish Khetan went on and compared the manifesto with religious scriptures.
The comparison of AAP’s document with Guru Granth naturally infuriated the Sikh community.
Khetan has now been booked for hurting religious sentiments on the complaint filed by AISSF chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad.
Tendering an apology the next day, he said, “Inadvertently we expressed some words while releasing youth manifesto for which we felt apologetic. We never intended to undermine any section, community or any individual”.
Although AAP was quick to apologise, the gesture had a little impact on Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) which said that it has not only hurt Sikhs but also Sikhism .
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“The incident has proved that you have scant regards for the Sikhs and Sikhism. Arvind Kejriwal should take stern action against. Ashish Khetan, merely tendering an apology, will not wipe out the tears. We will consider that Kejriwal has nothing to do with the sin only if Khetan is removed from the party,” Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
“Or else, the message that will go to the public is that you were part of the conspiracy. We welcome you (Kejriwal) as the critic of our government but we cannot tolerate desecration of our gurus,” Badal said.
Kejriwal also faced protests from the minority Muslims at Phagwara and Malerkotla during the second day of his visit.
AAP has been facing opposition from the Muslim community ever since the party MLA Naresh Yadav’s name figured in the desecration controversy which took place on June 24.