18 July, Amritsar
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday morning washed dishes at Amritsar’s Golden Temple as an apology for what he called an ‘unintentional mistakes’- his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s youth manifesto that uses the image of the Sikh shrine with the party symbol, the ‘broom’.
“We made some unintentional mistakes while issuing the youth manifesto. To apologise for that, we performed sewa at darbar today. I have peace of mind now,” he said.
With folded hands and a handkerchief covering his head, the Delhi Chief Minister went around the shrine complex, offered prayers and later cleaned utensils at the ‘Langar hall’ which serves food to more than one lakh people in a single day.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan, senior lawyer HS Phoolka, AAP MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, actors and party members Gul Panag and Gurpreet Ghuggi were among the other leaders present with Kejriwal.
The Delhi Chief Minister had promised to come to the Golden Temple and seek forgiveness for AAP`s political gaffe after the party`s `youth manifesto` carried a picture of `Harmandar Sahib` along with AAP election symbol of a `broom`.
Khetan was also booked by the Punjab Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs by equating the manifesto with Guru Granth Sahib, the Bible and the Gita.