A day after Jain religious leader Tarun Sagar addressed the Haryana Assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said a tweet by music director and AAP supporter Vishal Dadlani about the monk was “unfortunate”. Kejriwal tweeted, “I met Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj last year. Our family regularly listens to his discourses on TV. We deeply respect him and his thoughts.”
“Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and shud stop,” he wrote in another tweet.
In response to his tweet, Dadlani tweeted, “I’m sorry to have offended you and your beliefs too, Sir. My intent was not to hurt anyone. Spoke without thinking”. He also offered to quit all active political work. “It feel bad that I hurt my Jain friends & my friends @ArvindKejriwal & @SatyendarJain. I hereby quit all active political work/affiliation.”
I apologise for hurting feelings of Jain community by my friend @VishalDadlani. I seek kshama from Muni Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj.
— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) August 27, 2016
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 27, 2016
Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj is a very reverred saint, not just for jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and shud stop
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 27, 2016
Dadlani repeatedly apologised for his tweet, saying he was sorry if anyone was offended but politics and religion should not be mixed. Dadlani, in a tweet, had termed Digambar Jain monk Tarun Sagar’s speech as ‘monkery’. He had addressed the Haryana Assembly last week.