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Sukhbir Singh Badal demands unconditional apology from Kejriwal over AAP’s election manifesto cover

The SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal told a press conference that Arvind Kejriwal and his team have "stooped to a very low level" and sought an unconditional apology from him.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published: July 5, 2016 7:07 pm
Punjab deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, arvind kejriwal, punjab elections 2017, India News Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal took strong exception to AAP using the image of Golden Temple on its election manifesto cover with its poll symbol broom superimposed on it.

Taking strong exception to Aam Aadmi Party using the image of Golden Temple on its election manifesto cover with its poll symbol broom superimposed on it, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said it amounts to desecration of the holy book and demanded an unconditional apology from the party.

Upping the ante against AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, he called the Delhi Chief Minister and his team “mentally sick”.

The Shiromani Akali Dal president told a press conference that the AAP leader and his team have “stooped to a very low level” and sought an unconditional apology from him.

“Kejriwal is not even aware of the culture of Punjab,” Sukhbir said, adding, “AAP has no respect for any religion. Kejriwal only sees political conspiracy whenever any action is taken against him or any of his team members.”

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“AAP has committed sacrilege of the holy book by superimposing its election symbol on the manifesto. I strongly condemn these mentally sick people for superimposing a broom’s image on that of the Golden Temple,” he said.

On being asked about investigations into incidents of sacrilege committed in the past in Punjab, Sukhbir said investigations were going on.

“Police are doing their job and the guilty will not be spared,” he said.

Stating that AAP was “destroying” the glorious traditions of Punjab, Sukhbir demanded apologies from Kejriwal and his partymen Ashish Khetan and Sanjay Singh to Punjabis.

Khetan had earlier said the AAP manifesto was “the Bible, Gita and Guru Granth Sahib” for him.

Meanwhile, SAD received a shot in the arm with senior BSP leader of Punjab Baldev Singh Khaira joining the party, along with his supporters, on the occasion.

“With Khaira joining us, BSP has been weakened in the Doaba region,” said Sukhbir, adding that the party high-command would take a final call regarding whether to field Khaira from the Phillaur reserve seat or not in the 2017 Assembly polls.

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  1. J
    Jul 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm
    Why us that disrespect? That's their party symbol, and only a sick political mind could twist this. India is not stan with twisted people that take affront at every perceived insult to their religion. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Badals are obviously playing the religion card - I hope the people of Punjab get revolted.
    1. V
      Jul 6, 2016 at 1:09 am
      It seems Sukhbir Badal was expecting a picture of Drugs alongside Golden Temple in the Maifesto. These fools love Drugs as this is their core business.
      1. H
        Jul 7, 2016 at 4:41 am
        That is the only issue that Badal can talk about. As there isnt anything to talk about their several years of government.
        1. G
          Gursharan Singh
          Jul 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm
          What has Badal done for the people in last 5 year of his rule. Punjab is buring with Drugs. People have no hope. Badal should mind his own business and prepare for his biggest defeat of his life.
          1. R
            Jul 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm
            It is OK to peddle DRUGS. It is OK to have SAND mafia. It is OK to have LAND mafia. It is OK to have Transport Mafia. It is OK to connive with the Indira Ghandhi Government to attack Sri Harmandir Sahib and kill thousands of Sikhs as Mr. Prakash Singh Badal did, ask Sardar Simranjit Singh Maan. But don't print your party symbol along with a picture of Darbar Sahib. That is sacrilege. lt;br/gt;I am a Sikh and I am SICK of the treachery of BADAL PARIVAR. Thank God in a few more months this gang of thugs, thieves and drug peddlers will be banished from power. I hope for good!
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