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Now, Akal Takht Jathedar proclaims all AAP members as atheists, irreligious




WITH THE SHIROMANI AKALI DAL forever eager to jump on to any excuse that may land Aam Aadmi Party's irrepressible Sukhpal Singh Khaira, the latest controversy over MP Sadhu Singh hailing Khaira as 'Mard Aggamra' has come in handy, and the AAP leaders are clearly on a weak wicket on this one.
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 "Eh jehrre Aam Party wale lok ne, ehna da koyee dharam nal sabandh nahi hai...Bahut hee adharmi lok keh lavo, nastak lok keh lavo. Jo Sadhu Singh,  jis ne eh shabd varte ne...bahut hee sakht karvayee keeti jaave gi," the Akal Takht jathedar told the media here (see video).
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Sadhu Singh is expected to know well the sensitivities involved, and given the fact that his party was badly singed in the Assembly elections after Ashish Khaitan equated Sri Guru Granth Sahib with other scriptures and the party put a picture of Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar on its manifesto, he should have been doubly careful.
 
 
Any action at this stage by the Sikh clergy would have been easy to justify for those baiting the AAP in Punjab, but now, Giani Gurbachan Singh, the Akal Takht jathedar too eager to please his political masters, has landed himself and the clergy into an even bigger row by stating that all members of the Aam Aadmi Party are irreligious people, adharmi lok, and are confirmed atheists.

"Eh jehrre Aam Party wale lok ne, ehna da koyee dharam nal sabandh nahi hai...Bahut hee adharmi lok keh lavo, nastak lok keh lavo. Jo Sadhu Singh,  jis ne eh shabd varte ne...bahut hee sakht karvayee keeti jaave gi," the Akal Takht jathedar told the media here (see video).

(Translation: All those who belong to the Aam Aadmi Party are people who have no connection to any religion, they are very irreligious people, you can call them atheists. This Sadhu Singh, who has use these words...very strict action will be taken against him. - Ed.)

The jathedar, who has often faced allegations of acting only on the directions of his political masters, the Badals, also said, "Aaun wale samey vich panj Singh Sehbaan di meeting hovegee, us vich vichar ke ehde te sakht karvayee keeti jaavegi."

Incidentally, AAP is also the party of H S Phoolka, known for his relentless persual of 1984 anti-Sikh massacre cases and Jarnail Singh, who rose to fame when he threw a shoe at India's Home Minister P Chidambaram, drawing cheers from many a Sikh radical.
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'Mard Aggamra' is an honorific used exclusively for the Tenth Sikh Master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who is also referred to as Sarbansdaani. Such titles have never been used for any other person, living or dead, in contemporary history of the region, except for Sikh gurus.
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It is not clear how the Akal Takht jathedar, who considers it par for the course to compare his position with that of Pope in Christianity, reached the decision that all those associated with a particular political party are atheists, but political experts said they were not expecting the Akali Dal to condemn such a claim by the man heading the top temporal seat of Sikhism.
 

'Mard Aggamra' is an honorific used exclusively for the Tenth Sikh Master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who is also referred to as Sarbansdaani. Such titles have never been used for any other person, living or dead, in contemporary history of the region, except for Sikh gurus.

A complaint in this regard was jointly lodged by SGPC and Akali Dal activists, including Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka, Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Mangwinder Singh Khapre Kheeri, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhiyasi and Prof. Sarachand Singh.  A memorandum they submitted claimed that "Sadhu Singh MP crossed all boundaries when he called Sukhpal Singh Khaira Mard Agamara."

 

They also pointed out that Khaira did not refute the title bestowed on him publicly by Sadhu Singh. Both the AAP leaders, they demanded, be summoned at Akal Takht and sentenced as per Sikh traditions.
 
Incidentally, in the recent past, Navjot Sidhu had used similar terminology to address Captain Aamarinder Singh at a rally in Bassi Pathana while Akali Dal's Bikram Singh Majithia also faced accusations of distorting Gurbani.
 

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