Kiran Bedi’s remarks on Sikhs erupted a fresh controversy on social media in which she cracked a “12’O” joke on Sikhs at an event of her book launch in Chennai.
BJP Spokesperson and former Puducherry lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi has booked a new accusation in her file. Delhi-based Aam Aadmi Party has accused Kiran Bedi over her purportedly cracking a ‘Joke on Sikhs’ at the launch of her book “Fearless Governance” on Monday in a video that went viral on social media.
AAP politician and the party leader Punjab in-charge Jarnail Singh demanded strict legal action with a public apology from her. Jarnail Singh tweeted, “When the Mughals were looting India and abducting women, the Sikhs fought them and protected sisters and daughters… Shame on the BJP’s leaders who have a cheap mentality and make fun of Sikhs instead of giving them respect” in Hindi.
The state ruling party AAP is slamming Kiran Bedi for her defaming joke on the community and seeks an unconditional apology from her. Punjab AAP chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh said: “I pity BJP leader Kiran Bedi if she isn’t aware of the Sikh history. If she has deliberately tried to defame the Sikh community or make fun of it, then there is nothing more shameful.” In a tweet, Punjab jails minister Harjot Singh Bains also sought the registration of an FIR against Bedi over her remarks.
Kiran Bedi Statement after the Controversy
Kiran Bedi is “regretting” the incident and sought “forgiveness” for her statement. She wrote in a tweet,
“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 and loving kindness (sic).”
Bedi also shared obscene messages being sent to her. “I urge the abusers to refrain… I may have to place them in the public domain. It will be exceedingly embarrassing for (them) then,” she wrote on Twitter while claiming that she had already regretted and apologized for her derogatory statement on the Sikh community.