'Repentant' Arvind Kejriwal scrubs dishes in Golden Temple

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal had volunteered to do sewa (voluntary service) at the Golden Temple seek forgiveness for his party's apparent "disrespect" to Sikhs - his party manifesto equated AAP manifesto to the Guru Granth Sahib, and used a picture of a broom next to that of the Sikh shrine.

Kejriwal was accompanied by senior party leaders, including Ashish Khetan, HS Phoolka and Bhagwant Mann.

"While releasing the "Youth Manifesto" of the party, we had committed some mistakes unintentionally".

The party was caught in the eye of the storm when its youth manifesto for the upcoming 2017 Polls in Punjab carried an image of the Golden temple with the broom.

He cleaned utensils at the "Langar hall" which serves food to over one lakh people in a single day.

Kejriwal, who had arrived in the city last night for his act of penance, scrubbed utensils in the community kitchen for 45 minutes and later went to sanctum sanctorum to pay obeisance.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar had announced he would make a police complaint against Kejriwal on July 10. It was immediately after his visit that Kejriwal released the party's controversial "Youth manifesto" here. Even protests were held against the AAP which hat put high stakes in the state Assembly Elections due next year. Apologies by Khetan and the AAP over both controversies were rejected by the Akali Dal, opposition Congress and the SGPC.

AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan, Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh, AAP's Punjab Women's wing incharge Bibi Baljinder Kaur also joined Arvind Kejriwal to perform the Sewa.

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