After concentrating on the farm crisis and also highlighting the drug-abuse problem during his recent visit in Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has now playing Panthic card by shouting “Raj Karega Khalsa”.
While it is purely a religious Sikh slogan, which in its literal sense only means ‘The pure will rule’, it was widely being misused by Sikh radicals during the time of militancy. The radicals gave a new dimension to it and have also been misused by Khalistanis to denote their Sikh separatism call.
Protest against Kejriwal
During his recent visit to Punjab as he travelled out of Malwa into the Majha belt, an area known to have strong religious feelings and an active set of radical Sikh groups, Arvind Kejriwal apparently also increased the frequency of his ‘Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal’ calls. In midst of all the drama, there were at least two significant protests against Kejriwal; allegedly for hurting Hindu-Sikh unity in the state.
This is not the first time AAP has battled allegations of playing the radical card and in the past too, AAP has been accused of siding with Sikh extremist. That included references to a poster with photos of Kejriwal and slain Sikh radical preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, which Aam Aadmi Party disowned vehemently.
It must be noted here that AAP leaders like Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sanjay Singh and Bhagwant Mann openly ask people to celebrate Bhindrawale’s birth anniversary by paying obeisance at the nearest gurdwaras.
AAP leaders also tried to fuel extremist sentiments in the state by circulating leaflets and pasting posters with photograph of slain militant Bhindrawale. When their dubious act boomeranged, they disown the poster and very conveniently passed on the blame on to opposition.