Tripura CM Biplab Deb apologises for comments comparing Punjabi, Jats with Bengalis

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Updated: Jul 21, 2020 6:10 PM

Biplab Deb had recently stirred a controversy by saying Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less brainy while Bengalis are known to be very intelligent.

Biplab DebTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said he did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday apologised for his comments comparing Punjabis and Jats with Bengalis. The BJP leader said he did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Biplab Deb had recently stirred a controversy by saying Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less brainy while Bengalis are known to be very intelligent.

“In an event organised at Agartala Press Club, I had mentioned the views of some people about my Punjabi and Jat brothers. I did not intend to hurt any community. I am proud of both Punjabi and Jat communities. I myself have lived among them for a long time,” he said.

“If anyone has been hurt by my comments, I am apologetic about that,” Deb added.

His clarification came after the opposition Congress said comments of the Tripura CM were indicative of “the mindset of the BJP”. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also posted a 50-second video of the Chief Minister’s speech. “Shameful and unfortunate! BJP’s Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has called Sikh brothers from Punjab and Jat community from Haryana ‘less brainy and insulted them. This is BJP’s lowly mindset. Why are Khattarji and Dushyant Chautala silent? Where are Modiji and Naddaji? Apologize, initiate action,” Surjewala tweeted.

Speaking at an event organised at Agartala Press Club recently, CM Deb had said while Bengalis could not be challenged in terms of intelligence, those from Punjabi and Jat communities are known for their physical strength but have less brains.

“It is said none can challenge the Bengalis, when it comes to intelligence. Bengalis are known for their intelligence and it is part of their identity. But when we speak about people of Punjab, we call him a Sardar or a Punjabi. They might have less intelligence but are very strong. No one can win over them by strength but they can be won by love. Many Jats live in Haryana. What do people usually tell about them? Jats have less intelligence but they are very strong. If someone challenges a Jat person, he would bring out a gun from his house,” the Chief Minister said.

The BJP leader has made several controversial statements in the past as well.

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