In a major embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann, was forced to leave the bhog ceremony of the two men killed in police firing after he was allegedly found drunk by a former granthi.
Jagtar Singh, the former granthi of Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, said Mann, when confronted, left the stage immediately.
“I found Mann was smelling foul and told him to leave the stage. We are struggling with the case of disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib and how can a man come drunk on the stage where Guru Granth Sahib Parkash had been done. I feel Mann should not be allowed to share any panthic stage in future and he should apologise to the whole of Punjab for this shameful act,” said Jagtar Singh.
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He added, “Had I announced this from the stage, the crowd would have attacked him and the whole atmosphere would have become tense. So, I told him to leave at once and he, too, did not argue with us.”
Even when Mann was walking on road, a few Sikh supporters trailed him and took him to task for coming drunk to the bhog ceremony.
When contacted, Mann denied being under the influence of alcohol at Bargari village. “It is a conspiracy against me. One can easily imagine who are the persons behind it. The whole party is pained after the incident and the Delhi Chief Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) also came yesterday to share grief with the families.”
When The Indian Express contacted Baljit Singh Daduwal, the Sikh preacher who was managing the stage, he said, “I am not aware of this incident, it may have happened when I was not on the stage for sometime.”