Contemporary Controversy In Punjab Over Harish Rawat’s “Panj Pyara” Comment
The Congress’s Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat has landed in controversy over a remark meant to spice up Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu and 4 working presidents beneath him. Mr Rawat, who not too long ago introduced that he would dismiss Mr Sidhu’s advisers who sparked a furore with their feedback on Kashmir, on Tuesday equated him and his Working Presidents to the “Panj Pyaras” inducted into the Khalsa by Guru Govind Singh.
Talking in Chandigarh, Harish Rawat mentioned, “It was my responsibility to meet with the PPCC chief, or I would say the Panj Pyaras…” He then went on so as to add that he meant to 5 folks — Mr Sidhu and the 4 Working Presidents.
Mr Sidhu stood behind him, smiling, as Mr Rawat associated the dialog to the reporters.
This infuriated the Akali Dal, which mentioned Mr Rawat has “hurt religious feelings” and demanded an apology from him.
“Harish Rawat must take his words back and apologise to the Sikh Sangat,” mentioned celebration spokesperson Dr Cheema.
“Mr Rawat compared his party leaders with Panj Pyara, a term highly regarded by Sikhs… a very unfortunate comment coming from the party’s Punjab affairs in-charge… the Congress leaders should not make such light comments and I demand his apology while the state government should register a case against Mr Rawat for hurting religious feelings.”
Mr Rawat or the Congress is but to answer the problem.
However the celebration had earlier accused the Akali Dal of indulging in politics of faith after it went out of energy.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh made the allegation first in 2017, when the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee requested a Sikh seminary close to Amritsar to arrange a gallery of portraits of terrorists killed throughout Operation Blue Star.