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After Channi’s ‘bhaiya’ remark, Sena MP cites the contributions of UP and Bihar migrants


Shiva Priyanka Chaturvedi, a member of the Sena, said political parties have failed the people of UP and Bihar, who are forced to move “much as Indians wishing to go outside.” After Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi exhorted people not to let the “bhaiyas” into the state, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi slammed politicians for insulting the migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Political parties, according to the Rajya Sabha member, have failed the people of UP and Bihar, who are left with no alternative but to move “much as Indians wishing to go outside.”

Migrants arrive as cheap labor, service providers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, lawmakers, and bureaucrats, according to Chaturvedi, and they contribute to the economies of the countries to which they migrate. “More significantly, they are Indians,” the Sena MP stated, urging political leaders to stop ridiculing them. “Political parties in UP and Bihar have failed the people, which is why those who have a choice migrate.” Indians who desire to travel overseas are in the same boat. Successive governments have been unable to provide them with opportunities and jobs. “However, when they are in other states, they are economic contributors,” Chaturvedi commented on Twitter.

“Take a look around you; they are your unorganized and sometimes inexpensive labor, your service providers, your business people, your entrepreneurs, your legislators, and your bureaucrats.” They’re Indians, first and foremost. She went on to say, “Stop mocking them.”

Channi sparked outrage when he used the insult “bhaiya” to refer to individuals from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and encouraged Punjab voters not to allow them to join the state. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Congress national secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can be seen clapping as she stands by Channi during the roadshow on Tuesday. “Punjab’s daughter-in-law is Priyanka Gandhi. Will not allow the ‘Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Delhi de bhaiye’ to enter the state to rule, “the current head of state.

Other political groups, including the Aam Aadmi Party, which is considered the major adversary of Congress in the Punjab assembly elections, have slammed the taunt and Priyanka Gandhi’s response. During a news conference, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “We strongly condemn the improper comments made against any individual or any particular community.”

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