New Delhi: Asserting that the charges against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Yadav for allegedly desecrating the Quran were extremely serious, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday called for strict action after a thorough probe into the matter.
The Congress on the other hand lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following the allegations being levelled against Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav for allegedly desecrating the Quran and said the ruling party in Delhi can't always use political vendetta as an excuse to come clean.
Speaking to ANI here, SAD leader Manjeet Singh called on the AAP to maintain caution as they proceeded with their campaign since Punjab is a border area.
"Right from the 80's Punjab has seen many problems. First the Guru Granth Saheb was disrespected and now Quran Sharif is being desecrated. AAP is welcome to fight the elections, however, they should not create any troubles there," Singh said.
Talking about AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to roll out his party's "youth manifesto" today at the start of his three-day Punjab tour, Singh added that the Chief Minister must first focus on fixing the problems of the national capital and then branch out to other states.
"He should first control the youth of Delhi. He had tried to defame the youth of Punjab in drug issue. Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are defaming the youth of Punjab regarding drugs. For mere votes, these people have defamed the people of Punjab who have stood for the country," Singh said.
Congress leader P.C. Chacko asked the AAP MLA to come clean on his part as this is related to a very severe crime.
"Desecration of the Quran is a charge being made by the Punjab Police against Naresh Yadav. The Aam Aadmi Party just cannot escape by saying that this is political vendetta," Chacko told ANI.
"The AAP is claiming that there is some support in Punjab, but if this MLA is even remotely connected to such an instance then we are interested in knowing that what action the AAP leadership is taking against him. Let the truth come out," he added.
The Congress leader said every time, when an AAP MLA is caught either for corruption or for indecent behavior in public, they always dub it as political vendetta.
The Congress leader, however, also trained his guns at the BJP and said the saffron party is capable of doing these kinds of things.
"I don't deny that. The BJP Government at the Centre or in Punjab may try to do this with political opponents. They have done it in the past also," he added.
Yadav, who has been booked for allegedly desecrating the Quran, earlier today alleged that the 'restless' SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab was hatching conspiracies.
Yadav told ANI that the alliance has become restless as the people of Punjab have decided to give absolute majority to the AAP in the upcoming assembly elections.
The fresh charges against the AAP MLA came as a major blow to the party, which is gearing for the 2017 polls in the state.
The Sangrur Police booked Yadav after the alleged mastermind in the case, Vijay Kumar, disclosed that he had desecrated the Quran at the behest of the Mehrauli MLA and was offered Rs. one crore for the same.