New Delhi: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Wednesday demanded the arrest of AAP's Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav accused of sacrilege and asked why Punjab Police was not arresting him even after facts and evidence by co-accused Vijay Kumar.
He also lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party for its repeated "sacrilegious and blasphemous" acts hurting religious sentiments of people, even as he condemned AAP for using their party symbol "broom" along with the picture of Darbar Sahab on their posters and termed it as "blasphemous and unpardonable".
"It is surprising that the police are not arresting the AAP MLA," he said, wondering what made police go so soft with the accused despite grave allegations with substantial evidence against him.
"Is there 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," he asked.
Warning against any laxity in the matter, the PCC chief maintained that there was a pattern in 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, cautioning against going soft on suspects.
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 said in a statement.
Comparing the election manifesto with holy books like the Gita and Guru Granth Sahab also "betrayed" 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, 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," Amarinder said referring to the 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.