BJP leader and former Puducherry Deputy Governor Kiran Bedi apologized on Tuesday after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that she had hurt the feelings of the Sikh community during her book launch event a day ago.
A controversy erupted when, during the launch of her book, ‘Governance Without Fear’, Bedi allegedly made a ’12 o’clock’ joke on the Sikh community.
“I have highest regards for my community. I am a devotee of Baba Nanak Dev ji. What I said to the audience even at my own cost (as I also belong here) be kindly not misread. I seek forgiveness for this. I am the last person to cause any hurt. I believe in Seva & loving kindness 🙏,” the former IPS officer Kiran Bedi tweeted.
Bedi also shared photos of her doing ‘Path and Seva’, adding that she had the utmost respect and admiration for her community and her faith. She urged people not to doubt her intentions.
Bedi also shared screenshots of obscene messages that she has been receiving for the past two days from her comments.
“Despite having repented, I am receiving very obscene abuse on email, WhatsApp and Twitter. I urge abusers to refrain from doing so and not put me in a situation where I have to place them in the public domain. It will be then it would be extremely embarrassing to the identity of the abusers,” she tweeted.
On Tuesday, Punjab chief Jarnail Singh condemned the BJP leader’s objectionable remarks, writing on his Twitter account: “When the Mughals were looting India and kidnapping women, the Sikhs fought with them and protected the sisters and daughters.” . It was 12 o’clock when it was time to attack the Mughals. This is the story of 12 o’clock. Shame on the cheap-minded leaders of the BJP who make fun of Sikhs instead of respecting them.”
In a statement, the party accused Bedi of hurting Sikh sentiments. The former police officer also received derogatory messages on her social media account. Late Tuesday night, Bedi also posted some of the messages received on her official account.
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