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Tripura CM’s ‘Sorry’ For Remarks on Punjabis, Jats

New Delhi: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb on Tuesday apologised for his remarks towards Punjabis and Jats, stating that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone, adding that he was in fact, ‘proud of both Punjabi and Jat communities’. Also Read – ‘Less Intelligent But Very Strong’: Tripura CM Triggers Row With Remarks on Punjabis, Jats

“At an event organised at the Agartala Press Club, I only talked about what some people think about our Punjabi and Jat brothers. I didn’t intend to hurt the sentiments of either community. I’m proud of our Punjabi and Jat communities. I’ve myself stayed with them for a long time”, he tweeted today after video of his speech went viral on social media.

In a subsequent tweet, the Chief Minister remarked that many of his close friends were from the two communities. He added that he his ‘personally sorry’ if his remarks hurt their sentiments.

“I always salute the contribution of Punjabi and Jat community for their part in the freedom struggle of our country. I can never think of questioning the role played by these two communities in taking India forward”, he concluded.

Notably, speaking at an event on Sunday, the 48-year-old, who is infamous for his frequent foot-in-mouth remarks, had said that both Punjabi and Jat communities are ‘less intelligent but physically very strong’. However, in the same speech, he had praised the Bengalis, saying that ‘they are very intelligent and it is their identity’.

The remarks triggered a massive row, with Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, a Jat himself, uploading the video on his Twitter account and questioning the ‘silence’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief JP Nadda, Haryana CM ML Khattar and Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala.

“Why are Khattar ji and Dushyant Chautala silent? Where are Modi ji and Nadda ji? They should apologise and take action against him”, he tweeted.

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