Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal washed the dishes at Golden Temple in Amritsar as an apology using the Sikh shrine’s image with the party symbol, the broom, in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s youth manifesto.
“I came here to offer voluntary seva to ‘say sorry’ for the unintentional mistake committed in our youth manifesto… I have peace of mind now,” said Kejriwal. He was in the Golden Temple for 45 minutes.
With folded hands and a handkerchief covering his head, he circumambulated the complex, offered prayers and cleaned utensils at the Langar hall that serves food to more than one lakh people in a single day.
However, Kejriwal said he did not sweep the floors lest he be accused by critics of using his party symbol at the shrine.
Earlier, a complaint was filed against AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan for hurting Sikh sentiment by comparing the manifesto with religious books.
Khetan apologised saying that he didn’t mean to disrespect the holy books, but many Sikh leaders said it was not enough. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called it an “act of blasphemy”.
The row hit AAP at a time when it was hoping to emerge as a third force in what has traditionally been a contest between Akali Dal-BJP and the Congress over the years.