Kumar Vishwas has apologised for his Muharram comments, says Kejriwal

Posted on Jan 7 2014 - 10:37pm by IBC News

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday tried to put an end to the controversy over Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas’s remarks on Muharram, saying he has apologised for it.

“This is an old issue, at one of the poetry conventions, he (Kumar Vishwas) had said something in a satire…” said Kejriwal.

“Kumar said later it was not his intention to hurt anyone. He also tendered an apology,” he said.

Kejriwal’s clarification came after Janata Dal-United legislator Shoaib Iqbal, who supported the AAP in the confidence vote in the Delhi assembly, threatened to withdraw support.

“Whatever he said about Hazrat Imam Hussain is objectionable, I am getting calls from all across the country, people are hurt,” Iqbal said, citing a video where Vishwas has allegedly joked about Muharram during one of his performances.

Kumar Vishwas, on his part, has now said, “I apologise for comments if it hurt religious sentiments, but does BJP have nothing to do than dig up my old mushairas. It seems that my contesting against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi is bothering the BJP more than the Congress.”

“I may have said this in 2005, the BJP edited and ran it. Are BJP and Congress left with no other work than editing my ‘mushairas’?”




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