Facing criticism after Ashish Khetan allegedly compared party’s youth manifesto for Punjab to religious books, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said he never made the comparison and that some “language problem” led people to interpret his remarks “wrongly”.
While talking to mediapersons, Chhotepur said that it was unfortunate that AAP leader Ashish Khetan inadvertently compared the party’s youth manifesto with Guru Granth Sabhib and later on Khetan submitted his apology. “Sikhism believes in forgiveness and earlier also it pardoned many serious mistakes”, Chhotepur said. “Opposition parties are deliberately politicising this issue.
Better they should fight us politically”, Chhotepur said. Chhotepur further said that during Lok Sabha poll campaign, Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, while getting overboard of ‘sycophancy’, desecrated the ‘Gurbani’ in praise of Arun Jaitely, but later he submitted apology and Sikh Panth had pardoned him. Even Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had committed a ‘blunder’ by terming him ‘Bahadur’ in comparison with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Chhotepur said adding that even PPCC Chief Captain Amarinder Singh also committed religious mistake by taking oath having ‘Gutka’ in his hand while wearing shoes at Bathinda during his coronation ceremony. Even Head of the Manifesto Committee Kanwar Sandhi and Khetan also submitted apology for publishing mistakes on the front page of the Youth Manifesto of AAP, he said.
He cited a 2014 incident ahead of the Lok Sabha polls when Punjab minister Bikram Majithia had allegedly distorted a hymn (shabad) of Guru Gobind Singh while seeking votes for Arun Jaitley, BJP candidate from Amritsar. “But we never politicised the issue,” he said.
Asked to comment on FIR registered against Khetan, Chhotepur said, “We will face the law.”
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