The Amritsar Police registered an FIR against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Ashish Khetan late on Tuesday night for hurting religious sentiments.
The case was registered after a complaint was lodged against Khetan for equating the youth manifesto of the party with the Sikh holy book ‘Guru Granth Sahib’.
Khetan promised to change the manifesto cover while apologising for his act, saying, he had no intentions of hurting anyone’s sentiments. The manifesto cover had an image of the AAP symbol – the broom – on a photograph of the Golden Temple.
The case was registered under section 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the local Civil Lines police station.
The AAP is seen as a strong contender in the 2017 state elections, hoping to expand its base beyond Delhi where it got a decisive mandate in last year’s assembly polls.
In Punjab, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is up against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance and the Congress.