Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Khaira said on Monday that recently cannoised ‘Mother’ Teresa truly deserved the sainthood bestowed upon her “unlike our fake sadhus and sants”.
“I salute Mother Teresa for her contribution to humanity n poor. She truly deserved ‘sainthood’ unlike our fake sadhus and sants,” he said in a tweet.
In a subsequent tweet, Khaira, who had left Congress to join the AAP last year, sought to clarify his earlier tweet, saying: “… I’m against fake sadhus spreading superstitions”.
“I have not said anything about real sadhus and sants nor have I taken anyone’s name. I am only talking about those fake ones who only play with the sentiments of people and spread superstition,” he said in a remark later in the day.
The former MLA from Bolath downplayed the events that followed sacking of senior AAP leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur from the position of convener of the Punjab unit and his subsequent replacement, saying that AAP continued to get a good response for its public meetings before next year’s assembly elections.
“These developments are like a ‘churning’ process. They have happened at the top. There is talk about these in the media, in the statements (being given by political opponents), but at the ground level, the base of AAP is fully intact. We continue to get huge response in our rallies,” he said.
Khaira also dismissed reports that he was ‘overlooked’ by AAP after the party appointed Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi as Punjab’s new convener on Sunday saying: “These things are just media’s creation”.
When asked to respond to allegations of a raging debate about non-Punjabis “calling the shots” in the party, Khaira said remained vague.
“There are some issues which we are raising on the party platform. I have talked to Arvind Kejriwal about this. We are discussing within the party forum, but I cannot say in the media what exactly is being discussed.”
He added that the Kejriwal’s visit to the state on September 8 would help push the party’s popularity up.
“We will also hold a big rally during his visit,” he said.
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