Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has landed in a firestorm over a video of one in all his speeches praising two celebration members for “being able to making policemen moist their pants”.
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Daljit Singh Cheema slammed him over the comment and a Chandigarh police officer despatched him a defamation discover.
“I’ve despatched a defamation discover to him for humiliating the police,” Chandigarh Deputy Superintendent of Police Dilsher Singh Chandel mentioned.
A sub-inspector additionally issued a video message condemning the comment.
Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu has backed the policemen and praised them for his or her position throughout militancy and COVID-19 occasions.
The controversy erupted after Mr Sidhu, at a latest rally in Sultanpur Lodhi whereas pointing in the direction of sitting MLA Navtej Singh Cheema, mentioned he can “make a ‘thanedar’ (policeman) moist his pants”.
He repeated the comment at a rally in Batala on Sunday whereas praising native chief Ashwani Sekhri who was standing by his facet.
When reporters requested him about his comment, Mr Sidhu indicated that it shouldn’t be taken actually.
He mentioned it is a means of claiming the Congress “wields authority”.
A video clip of Mr Sidhu making the comment went viral on social media inviting sharp response from some police officers and political leaders.
Punjab Lok Congress president and former chief minister Amarinder Singh mentioned it was unhappy that the boys in uniform have been being disrespected.
SAD’s Daljit Singh Cheema questioned the “silence” of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and House Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa over Mr Sidhu’s comment.
He requested each of them to inform Mr Sidhu that he ought to chorus from making such a comment and ask him to withdraw his assertion and search apology from the police.
Chandigarh DSP Chandel dubbed Mr Sidhu’s comment as “shameful”.
“It is vitally shameful that such a senior chief makes use of these phrases for his personal power and humiliates them,” Chandel mentioned.
“This is identical power which protects him (Sidhu) and his household,” he mentioned in a video message.
He even dared Mr Sidhu to return his safety element.
“With out (safety) power, even a rickshaw puller won’t hearken to him,” he mentioned.
“I strongly condemn this comment and he (Sidhu) shouldn’t use such phrases for his power. The power has its personal dignity and respect and it’s our accountability to take care of this dignity,” he mentioned.
In a video message, Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh, posted in Jalandhar (Rural), mentioned, “Such language was utilized by a senior chief in opposition to us, I strongly condemn it.” He additionally requested the Punjab DGP to not enable the picture of police to be affected.
“We dwell with our households within the society and our youngsters query us why such language is getting used in opposition to us,” Balbir Singh mentioned.
He mentioned this comment was not in opposition to any ‘thanedar’ however in opposition to the complete police power.
“I wish to inform Sidhu Sahib that we’re not cowards. We’re courageous and the entire nation is aware of concerning the tales of our bravery,” he mentioned as he recalled the position of police in opposition to militancy.
With out caring for their very own lives, the personnel of the Punjab police supplied meals to the needy at their houses throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, he added.
Commenting on the movies of the Chandigarh DSP and the sub-inspector, Ludhiana MP Bittu lauded the Punjab police for its position in eliminating terrorism from the state.
Mr Bittu, whose grandfather and the then chief minister Beant Singh died in a bomb blast in 1995, mentioned, “Some movies of a DSP and sub-inspector have gone viral. To begin with no matter has been mentioned concerning the police, I search apology,” he mentioned.
“I do know it’s Punjab police personnel, from senior IPS officer to the constable degree, which didn’t take care of their very own lives and curbed terrorism with iron hand,” Bittu wrote on his Fb web page.
Mr Bittu mentioned throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the police power personnel took meals to the houses of individuals.
Referring to the Ludhiana courtroom bomb blast, he mentioned it was the Punjab police which reached the spot first.
“How will they shield folks if we use unsuitable phrases in opposition to them. It was crucial that we stand by them,” he mentioned.
“We’re happy with you and we salute you,” he mentioned.