A police complaint has been filed against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Ashish Khetan in Punjab for allegedly hurting religious sentiment. This was after he compared AAP’s youth manifesto with the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib and also the Gita while launching it in Amritsar.
Khetan along other leaders had apologised for ‘inadvertently expressing some’ words adding that he never intended to hurt anyone.
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A group known as the All India Sikh Students Federation, said Khetan’s apology was and went to the police.
According to the complaint, the AAP leader had hurt the religious sentiments of people by equating the ‘Youth Manifesto’ with ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ and other religious books while launching it in Amritsar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (City II) Gaurav Garg said.
The complainant alleged that by using the image of Golden Temple on the cover page of the manifesto with the party’s election symbol of broom superimposed on it, sentiments of people had been hurt.
Police said they were investigating the matter.
The manifesto, according to NDTV, also used an image of the Golden Temple, with the AAP’s election symbol – the broom – on it, evoking furious objections from Sikh groups.
Social media users had taken to Twitter to express their anger against the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who was also present during the launch.
His detractors had launched hashtag #KejriinsultsGoldenTemple on Twitter.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal too called it an “act of blasphemy.” AAP, which is eye at next year’s assembly elections in Punjab was recently embroiled with another controversy involving the issue of hurting religious sentiments.
AAP’s Delhi lawmaker Naresh Yadav was accused of being involved in the alleged desecration of the Quran.
Kejriwal had accused Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal of going after his party men out of insecurity ahead of polls next year.