Arvind Kejriwal with other AAP senior party leaders, including Ashish Khetan, lawyer HS Phoolka, AAP MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, actors and AAP members Gul Panag and Gurpreet Ghuggi and others cleaned utensils at a community kitchen as other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders performed ‘sewa’ (voluntary religious service) inside the Golden Temple complex on Monday.
Kejriwal had to do this to seek mercy for AAP’s political blunder after the party’s ‘Youth manifesto’ carried a picture of Golden Temple, along with AAP election symbol of ‘broom’.
“While releasing the ‘Youth Manifesto’ of the party, we had committed some mistakes unintentionally. To seek forgiveness, we have done sewa at Darbar Sahib,” Kejriwal, who remained inside the shrine complex for nearly one hour, told media after performing service at the shrine.
Sporting a white handkerchief to cover his head and with folded hands, Kejriwal went around the shrine complex, offered prayers and later cleaned utensils at the ‘Langar’ hall, the community kitchen which serves food to over one lakh people in a single day.
The AAP, and Kejriwal, faced criticism from the Sikh community, Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and radical Sikh organisations for the goof-up. Protests were held against the AAP.
This was Kejriwal’s second visit to the Sikh shrine within 15 days. He had begun his three-day Punjab tour on July 3 by offering prayers at the same shrine. It was immediately after his visit that Kejriwal released the party’s controversial ‘Youth manifesto’ here, 250 km from Chandigarh.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan was also booked by the Punjab Police on charge of hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs by equating the manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib, the Bible and the Gita. Apologies by Khetan and the AAP over both controversies were rejected by the Akali Dal, opposition Congress and the SGPC.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy and son Sukhbir Singh Badal had accused the AAP leaders of “hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs” through their actions.
The chief minister had said the “atrocious act” of displaying a picture of the temple on the cover of the AAP ‘Youth manifesto’ along with a picture of broom was “blasphemy”.
But this is not the full story.
A great person once said – If you do something to show off to the world and appease them and not to transform your own self, it is very likely that you will be exposed soon, and your true colours would be there for the world to see and mock.
Kejriwal, for his love to stay in limelight and vote bank appeasement tried to win the trust of the hurt Sikh community for the blunder that he had done earlier, by cleaning the utensils at Golden Temple complex but his own drama of performing “sewa” kicked up into his face when it was observed that Kejriwal was cleaning the already clean utensils.
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The Twitterati responded Kejriwal with #केजरी_का_धर्म_धोखा
बर्तनों को चमकाने के नाम पर झाडूगैंग का हुआ पर्दाफाश,स्वर्ण मंदिर में केजरूद्दीन पूरी गैंग के साथ हुआ कैमरे में कैद।#केजरी_का_धर्म_धोखा
— Anurag Singh (@PartapAnurag) July 18, 2016
— Sunil khatri ?BJP (@27Khatri) July 18, 2016
— Ragini Nayak (@NayakRagini) July 18, 2016
ये तो होना ही था ..
झूट कितना भी गहरा हो वो सामने आता ही हैं……… #केजरी_का_धर्म_धोखा
— GANESH BENDRE (@GaneshBendre1) July 18, 2016
Whether Kejriwal would win Punjab elections next year or not, only times can tell but with his appeasement politics one thing is for sure that Kejriwal has taken politics to a new low with every such incident.