In his enthusiasm to seek votes and support for BJP nominee from Amritsar Arun Jaitley, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday went on to “distort” a hymn (shabad) of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh, at a Kamboj community meeting in Shaheed Udham Singh Hall.
Asking the gathering to repeat by raising their hands, he said: “Deh Shiva var mohe, Shubh karman se kabhoon na taroon, na daroon ar seo jab jaye laroon, Nishchay kar Arun Jaitley ki jit karoon”.
In dasam granth, the tenth guru had written: “Deh Shiva var mohe, Shubh karman se kabhoon na taroon, na taroon arson jab jahi laroon, Nishchay kar Apni jeet karoon (O Lord, give me this boon, May I never ever shirk from doing good deeds, Never may I fear when I go to fight the enemy, With surety, victory will be mine).”
With the issue snowballing into a controversy, Congress urged highest temporal seat of Sikhs — the Akal Takht — to summon Majithia for his “blasphemous” action.
Senior Congress leader and former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh urged Akal Takht “to summon Majithia for his blasphemous action of distorting the Shabad of Guru Gobind Singh”.
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“Has Jaitley become a god for Majithia?” he asked, while condemning Majithia for “this extremely degrading act of sycophancy”.
He hoped that “the Akal Takht jathedar will summon Majithia and make him atone for his grave sin that has hurt the sentiments of millions and millions of Sikhs across the globe”.
Majithia, when asked for comments, said: “It was unintentional slip of tongue. I apologise for that. I have greatest respect for bani and guru sahiban.”
Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh, when contacted, said: “I would comment only after I get a complaint and I learn what has been said and what not.”