CHANDIGARH, July 6: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Punjab Police as why they were not arresting the Delhi AAP MLA Naresh Yadav even after being confronted with facts and evidence by the co-accused Vijay Kumar. He also lashed out at the party for its repeated sacrilegious and blasphemous acts hurting religious sentiments of people.
“It is surprising that the police are not arresting the AAP MLA”, he said, while wondering what made police to go so soft with the accused despite grave allegations with substantial evidence against him. Or, he asked, there is some subtle understanding between the AAP and the ruling Akali-BJP alliance, to disturb peace in the state, which prevents any action against the MLA.
Warning against any laxity in the matter, the PCC president maintained that there was a pattern in the sacrilegious incidents which started with the desecration of holy Guru Granth Sahab, followed by holy Gita and now with the holy Quran. “There seems to be clear and deliberate design to sabotage the peace in Punjab and it must be curbed with iron fist”, he said, while cautioning against going soft on the suspects.
Capt Amarinder also condemned the AAP for using their party symbol, ‘broom’, along with the picture of Darbar Sahab on their posters, which he said is blasphemous and unpardonable. “This is not only sacrilegious but outrageous as well that the party did not care about the sentiments of people it is so ambitiously restless to represent”, he remarked.
Besides, he said, similarly comparing the election manifesto with holy books like the Gita and Guru Granth Sahab also betrayed the AAP’s ignorance and insensitivity towards the religious sentiments of people. “These are highly insensitive, blasphemous and unpardonable acts by the AAP leaders”, he said, while adding, “they just can’t get away with these by tendering an apology without actually meaning to apologise”.
“Here is a party, restlessly ambitious to rule Punjab and yet so insensitive and ignorant about the sensitivities of its people”, Capt Amarinder remarked, while referring to repeated acts of outrageous sacrilege committed by its leaders.
The former Chief Minister said that not only had AAP hurt the sentiments of people by using the picture of Darbar Sahab with their electoral symbol, it had also violated the electoral law. “This is a clear violation of election laws as religious symbols cannot be used for political purposes and campaigns”, he said, while hoping that the Election Commission of India will also take serious note of the matter.