Tripura CM apologises for his comment on Punjabis, Jats; says pleased with these communities


Agartala, July 21

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday apologised for his statements evaluating Punjabis and Jats with Bengalis, and stated he didn’t intend to harm sentiments.

Deb had stirred an argument by saying Punjabis and Jats are bodily robust however much less brainy whereas Bengalis are recognized to be very clever.

In a sequence of tweets in Hindi on Tuesday morning, the chief minister sought forgiveness for his remarks and stated lots of his mates have been Punjabis and Jats, and he’s pleased with individuals hailing from the 2 communities.

“I always salute the contributions of the Punjabi and Jat communities in the freedom struggle of the country. And I can never imagine raising questions on the role played by these two communities in advancing India,” Deb tweeted.

“I had expressed the views some people have about them. I am proud of Punjabi and Jat communities. I have lived among them for quite some time… If my statement has hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologise for that,” the chief minister stated on Twitter.

Addressing a programme on the Agartala Press Club on Sunday, Deb had stated each neighborhood in India is understood for its sure kind and character.

A video clip of the chief minister’s assertion had gone viral on social media.

“For Bengal or Bengalis, it is said that one should not challenge them when it is regarding intelligence. Bengalis are known as very intelligent and it is their identity,” Deb was heard saying within the clip.

Punjabis and Jats are recognized for his or her bodily power, he had stated.

“When we talk about the people of Punjab, we say he’s a Punjabi, a Sardar. They may have less intelligence but are very strong. One can’t win them over by strength but with love and affection. A large number of Jats live in Haryana. So what do people say about Jats? Jats are less intelligent but are very healthy. If one challenges a Jat, he will bring a gun from his house,” Deb had stated.

Earlier, too, the chief minister had courted controversies on a number of events.

In 2018, he stated Internet and satellite tv for pc tv existed within the time of the Mahabharata.

He had questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as “Miss World” in 1997 and alleged that worldwide magnificence pageants have been a farce.

Last 12 months, he claimed that Mughals meant to destroy the cultural wonders of the state by “bombing” its arts and architectures. PTI



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