Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal washes utensils in Golden Temple

Amritsar, Punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2016, 03:15 PM(IST)

AAP promised to free the region of corruption. In photo: Arvind Kejriwal paying obeisance at Golden Temple during his election campaign in 2014 Photograph:( Getty )

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal washed dishes today at Golden Temple in north India's Punjab state as a mark of 'repentance' after his party received flak for depicting the image of the reverred Sikh shrine with the party symbol, a broom, in their election manifesto.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, created controversy when they superimposed a broom's image on the cover of their youth manifesto for 2017 local elections alongside a picture of Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple.

AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan added fuel to the fire when he compared the party manifesto to the Guru Granth Sahib, the prime Sikh religious scripture.

Party chief Arvind Kejriwal offered voluntary service at the holy shrine to make up for the mistake.

"We made some mistakes while drafting our youth manifesto due to our ignorance. I have come here to apologise for them. We offered sewa (voluntary service offered by devotees in Gurudwaras) which gave us immense pleasure. Then we prayed before God," he said in Amritsar city.

In its youth manifesto, AAP promised to free the region of corruption and end the widespread drug menace in Punjab.

A three-way political contest is shaping up between the AAP, the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance, which has ruled Punjab since 2007, and opposition Congress party.

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