Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, paid a visit to the Harminder Sahib Gurudwara (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. There he performed various tasks of ‘sewa’ as a way to apologize for the Sikh sentiments that were hurt due to AAP’s Youth Manifesto campaign. He was however not the only one who performed the ‘sewa’, along with him were journalist-turned-politician Kanwar Sandhu, chairman of the Manifesto campaign and Ashish Khetan who went on to compare the Manifesto to the Sikh holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib.
For those who may not know, in Kejriwa’sl previous visit to Punjab, he kick started his Youth Manifesto campaign, where the posters were of the Golden Temple with the AAP symbol the ‘jhadoo’ (broom) at the bottom. This created an uproar amongst the people of Punjab claiming that this was a very hurtful and disgusting thing to do by Delhi CM. This stunt not only hurt Sikh sentiments but also cost him his reputation further in Punjab.
Religious bodies and the people at large, even claimed that Kejriwal’s visit to the Golden Temple is nothing more than a mere ‘political stunt’ to salvage his and party’s swiftly decreasing graph of popularity. The people also refused to pardon Kejriwal from his heinous sin on his previous visit, through the act of ‘sewa’.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar could not be reached for comments. SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi said that the Committee had nothing to comment on the issue.