Chandigarh, July 7: AAP minister HS Phoolka, apologizing on behalf of the party's "unintentional mistake" of putting up the picture of the olden Temple in its Youth manifesto. As a penance, he would participate in a 'sewa' in the weekend. He also urged the party volunteers to do the same.
Meanwhile, criticizing the Badals to take the issue overboard, party's Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said, "Since AAP leader Ashish Khetan has already apologized for his 'inadvertent act' and Sikh panth believes in 'forgiveness', opposition parties should be cautious of politicizing it to disturb the communal harmony in the state."
Phoolka said, "The Delhi team of the AAP may not be well versed with the religious sensibilities of the people of the state and inadvertently committed a mistake. It later apologized for the same. I believe penance by performing sewa and apologizing at the Golden Temple should be done. I have put out a message in this regard to the party volunteers. For all of us, the respect of Darbar Sahib is paramount."
Further eulogising the Sikh Panth, he said, "During the campaign for the last Lok Sabha elections, while getting overboard of 'sycophancy' Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia desecrated the "Gurbani" in praise of Arun Jaitley. He later submitted an apology and the Sikh Panth had pardoned him."
"We all do mistakes. Opposition parties are deliberately politicizing this issue. Instead they should fight us politically. Even CM Parkash Singh Badal had committed a blunder by terming him "Bahadur" in comparison with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur," said Chhotepur. He further adds, "Head of the manifesto committee Kanwar Sandhu and Khetan also submitted an apology for publishing mistakes on the front page of the youth manifesto of AAP."