Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu tenders apology for hurting Sikh sentiments
Chandigarh, Dec 30: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday tendered an apology after the Akal Takht Jathedar asked him to do so for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by wearing a shawl bearing some religious symbols.
Sidhu said he is apologising for unknowingly hurting the sentinments of Sikhs. "Shri Akal Takht Sahib is Supreme, If I have unknowingly hurt the sentiments of even One Sikh, I apologise !! ... Millions wear the revered Symbols of Sikhism on their Turbans, Clothes and even carve Tattoos with Pride, I too as a humble Sikh wore the Shawl unintentionally," Sidhu said in a tweet.
On Tuesday, Giani Harpreet Singh, the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, had described Sidhu's act as "highly unfortunate and against the traditions of Sikh tenets". He had said the sentiments of Sikh community were hurt by this act of Sidhu.
"He should immediately apologise," the Jathedar had said. The Akal Takht Jathedar said he had received complaints from some members of the community.