AAP supporter and music composer Vishal Dadlani came under sharp criticism from several quarters including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his sarcastic tweet on Jain monk Tarun Sagar’s address to the Haryana Assembly, following which he announced quitting “all active political work/affiliation”.

While Vishal Dadlani came in for criticism for his comments, the man he was criticising didn’t have much to say. He told ABP News that he didn’t care. ABP tweeted: “He has a right to differ, criticise. I don’t care what people say about me: Jain Muni Tarun Sagar on @VishalDadlani”

In another ABP report in Hindi the guru claimed that not everyone can have the same opinions and everyone had the constitutional rights to speak their mind. When asked about Vishal Dadlani’s critical comments about him, the monk said that neither he has no idea of what he has said, nor he is upset with anyone.

He said speaking in Hindi (translated in English by dna): “Everyone cannot have the same opinions. Those who are living, are the ones criticised. Even dogs bark when an elephant passes by. The Constitution gives everyone the freedom of speech.”

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Kejriwal disapproved Dadlani’s remark saying that “Tarun Sagarji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone and those showing disrespect is unfortunate and should stop”, while Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain sought “kshama” from him on behalf of his music composer “friend”. Dadlani, however, maintained that he was against the use of religion in governance. The Haryana government had invited the Jain monk, who appeared in nude, to deliver a lecture ‘Kadve Vachan’ in the Assembly on Friday.

After a barrage of criticism, Dadlani tendered an apology for his tweet and also deleted it.

“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 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 said. The music composer said no one, not even Kejriwal, has asked him to quit the party. “A lot is being said against AAP because I chose to quit. Neither Arvind, nor anyone else, asked me to quit. I make my own decisions. I just want to say, AAP is a family. Please keep faith in AK (Kejriwal) & the party! Never forget how hard AK & AAP have fought for all of us. “AAP volunteers, stay strong & fight twice as hard. With you all, in spirit,” Dadlani said in a series of tweets. “I met Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj last year. Our family regularly listens to his discourses on TV. We deeply respect him and his thoughts Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and should stop (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.

“I apologise for hurting feelings of Jain community by my friend @VishalDadlani. I seek kshama from Muni Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj (sic),” Jain tweeted.

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.

With agency inputs