Controversy erupts over Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s remark regarding UP-Bihar politicians
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi has stirred a controversy by using a disparaging term for leaders from UP, Bihar and Delhi. The statement was given by Channi in the presence of Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is the incharge of the party’s affairs in the poll-bound states.
In a video clip that is going viral, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was heard saying that, “Punjabian di nuh hai yeh Priyanka Gandhi, saadi Punjaban hai, Punjab di bahu hai, is karke take hoke ik pase ho jo Punjabio, aeh jehde UP to Bihar to ate Delhi to bhaiye aa ke raj karde ae aehna nu bahar bhejo (Priyanka Gandhi is the daughter-in-law of Punjab, she is of Punjab, so all the Punjabis must get together and oust those leaders from the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi who come here to rule).”
Reacting to Channi’s remark, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described it as ‘very shameful.’ He said that this whole country is one, and that the Punjab Chief Minister keeps calling him ‘kaala, kaala’(a person of dark complexion) as well. He added that Rahul Gandhi too says that he is a terrorist. Mayawati, the National President of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) took to Twitter and tweeted that “The insulting of residents of UP and Bihar is highly disgraceful and people of both the states should teach the Congress a lesson in the upcoming elections for use of such words for them” (English translation of her Hindi Tweet).
The BJP also criticised Channi for mocking the migrant population from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said that the only aim of Congress and AAP was to grab power, even at the cost of national unity and integrity. In the middle of the controversy, Channi offered prayers at the Ravidas Temple in UP’s Varanasi on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti and interacted with other devotees.
Channi’s use of the word ‘bhaiye’, which has been used formally in Punjab for quite a few decades, came in for a barrage of criticism.
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