New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Monday met Digambar monk Tarun Sagar and apologised to him in an attempt to pacify the sentiments of Jain community who have been hurt by Vishal Dadlani's controversial tweet.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s close confidante Satyender Jain, along with other party leaders called on Tarun Sagar and hoped that the controversy would come to an end.
"What Vishal Dadlani said is very sad. He has apologised for that. I met Muniji and he said that he did not take Dadlani’s words to heart. Mistakes can happen by anyone," he said adding that Jains believe in forgiving.
Satyendar Jain is a practising Jain and is a staunch believer in the preachings of Tarun Sagar.
Speaking to News18, Tarun Sagar said that Satyender Jain came to apologise for the comments made by Vishal. “I told him I was not angry about it and that I have forgiven them. The person who made the comments did not know about Digambar saints till I did this," he said.
Stung by criticism from several quarters, including Kejriwal, over his sarcastic tweet on the Jain monk's address to the Haryana Assembly, music composer and AAP supporter Vishal Dadlani had announced he was quitting "all active political work".
Known to be a staunch AAP supporter, Dadlani deleted the tweet and tendered an apology, saying he "made a mistake by offending the peaceful Jain community". He also apologised to the Jain monk on Twitter.
Kejriwal had disapproved of Dadlani's tweet on Saturday, saying, "Tarun Sagarji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone and those showing disrespect is unfortunate and should stop". Satyendar Jain had sought "kshama" from him on behalf of his music composer "friend".
Dadlani, however, maintained that he was against over-lapping of religion and governance.
The Haryana government had invited the Jain monk to deliver a lecture 'Kadve Vachan' in the Assembly on Friday.
"It feels bad that I hurt my Jain friends & my friends @ArvindKejriwal & @SatyendarJain. I hereby quit all active political work/affiliation. I apologise again, to the Jain Community, & all others offended. But I beg you all not to support religion in governance, for India's sake," Dadlani had tweeted.
"I made a mistake by offending the peaceful Jain community, and I felt the only way to truly apologise, was to renounce my ego. I made a mistake, & I'm genuinely sorry. That's all," he had said.
The music composer said no one, not even Kejriwal, has asked him to quit the party.
Dadlani is a staunch supporter of Kejriwal in the film industry and had campaigned for the party in Delhi Assembly polls and the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
He had composed the 'Paanch Saal Kejriwal' song, which became popular during the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls.