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SAD leadership prays at Akal Takht, seeks apology for 'inadvertent mistakes'

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar/Chandigarh 

The leadership led by party patron offered prayers Saturday at Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body of Sikhs, to seek atonement for the "mistakes" it committed "inadvertently" in the past.

ridiculed the party for indulging in "political theatrics" in the name of religion with their "farcical" display of regret over the "misdeeds" committed during their 10-years of misrule.

The had faced severe criticism over several incidents pertaining to desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and following police firing incidents in 2015 that had taken place during the SAD-BJP regime.

The party was also eye of storm over the issue of granting pardon to Dera chief Gurmeet in a 2007 blasphemy case, which was later withdrawn by Akal Takht.

Badal refused Saturday to comment on what the party was seeking forgiveness for. He said he would answer all on Monday after the 'bhog' ceremony of 'akhand path', a continuous recitation of religious hymns, at Gurdwara Gurbaksh Singh.

"We are not going to talk for three days," Badal told reporters here.

leaders, including Sukhbir Badal, his wife and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Majithia, performed 'sewa' by cleaning shoes, washing dishes and making chappatis at the Golden Temple's community kitchen.

At the time of 'ardas' at Akal Takht, the Badal family was accompanied by senior party leadership, including Gobind Singh Longowal, Daljit Singh Cheema, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, members, former ministers, MLAs and Halqa in-charge.

In the core committee meeting held in Chandigarh on Thursday, the had decided to seek forgiveness from Akal Takht for "any inadvertent mistake" committed during the 10-year regime of the SAD-BJP.

The pointed out the timing of the apology.

He said, "It has come at a time when they are at the centre of criticism over various serious and sensitive issues, including the desecration and police firing cases of 2015 and the issue of pardon granted to "

"The Badals know very well what were the mistakes they had committed during their tenure and yet had chosen to call their misdeeds any inadvertent errors," said, flaying the Akali leadership for once again taking refuge in religion to further their political interests.

It was obvious that the Badals had their eyes on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and the apology "drama" had been enacted for that purpose, the said.

leader andSangrur lashed out at the Badals for trying to "befool" people of the state by "creating drama" of seeking apology for their past mistakes.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:50 IST