The controversy over Bollywood music composer and former AAP member Vishal Dadlani’s remarks on Jain monk Tarun Sagar refuses to die. On Monday several members of Jain community protested in front of Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, demanding the arrest of Dadlani. Not only this, as many as 108 women of Jain community have decided to sit on a fast on Tuesday to protest against Dadlani in the historic Lal Mandir at Chandni Chowk, Aaj Tak reported. The women are demanding from Kejriwal action against Dadlani on party-level and to ensure a FIR against him as well as his arrest.
Tarun Sagar, referred to as Maharaj ji by followers, was invited to address all Haryana state lawmakers on Friday. Dadlani was critical of the speech, suggesting that it reflected an unhealthy trend of religion colouring politics. “If you voted for these people, YOU are responsible for this absurd nonsense. No #AchcheDin, just #NoKachcheDin”, he had Tweeted. In another tweet he said, “That dude has the same education, as he has clothes on. None. I’ve no problem with nudity. I have a problem with religion in governance”. “People actually trying to defend the colossal idiocy of some naked monk, addressing Haryana assembly, telling women how to live! UNREAL! ” he added.
Dadlani, however, later deleted the tweet, apologised to all who were hurt and even quit all of his political affiliations. On Monday, the Jain monk also ruled out any need for an apology from Dadlani, saying, “I am not angry with him in the first place.”
However, it seems the controversy is not going to die soon as it has now acquired political colours. BJP corporator Surekha Gupta will lead the protest of Jain women on Tuesday. Today, a FIR was also registered against Dadlani and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawalla, for hurting sentiments of Jain community, in Ambala by Haryana BJP co-convenor Puneet Arora.
Earlier, while protesting in front of the CM’s residence, one Rajesh Jain told Aaj Tak that the AAP was deliberately hurting the sentiments of various communities. “This matter will be resolved only when Kejriwal will apologise and file a case against Dadlani. And if in future any more community is shamed, then the Central government should scrap the recognition of such parties,” he said.
After Dadlani and AAP minister Satyendar Jain, even Kejriwal reportedly called and apologised to the monk today. However, the protesters said that party leaders were only doing “drama” in the name of seeking an apology.