Thursday, July 7, 2016

AAP Dubbed 'Anti-Sikh Party' After Kejriwal's Pic on Punjab Youth Manifesto Goes Viral

With holy Sikh shrine Golden Temple in the background, the photograph depicts Kejriwal with folded hands and party symbol which is a broom

The chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday began his three-day trip to Punjab ahead of elections due in the state in 2017. Kejriwal addressed a public gathering in Amritsar and also released the youth manifesto here.
He was accompanied by AAP MP from Sangrur in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann. Now, there is something controversial about the cover picture of the AAP manifesto that Twitter is going all brouhaha over it. The photograph depicts Kejriwal with folded hands with the holy Sikh shrine, Golden Temple in the background.
However, what has hurt the Sikh community is the symbol of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is a broom appearing over the water of the sarovar on the cover photo. Another issue with the picture is that Kejriwal is not looking at the camera. 
Some people have alleged that Kejriwal is trying to equate his youth manifesto with the holy Sikh book 'Guru Granth Sahib' while others blamed AAP's Sikh members who did not make any effort to stop Kejriwal from taking such a step. 
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal took a dig at AAP and castigated the party for committing sacrilege by insulting the living guru- Guru Granth Sahab ji. "This is an act of blasphemy which has hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community worldwide and we condemn it as such,” Badal asserted.
Calling Kejriwal and top AAP leadership outsiders, Badal further added, "For me as a Sikh it is galling to learn how this new party has attacked the very identity and heritage of the Sikhs. Members of the Sikh community have also brought this base act to my notice. I assure the entire community that the SAD will fulfil its responsibility and raise its voice against this wanton act aimed at diluting Sikh identity and culture."
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