The controversy involving Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Pooja Syal Grewal regarding the use of abusive language on Tuesday took a political turn as Congress workers burnt an effigy of the SDM alleging that she had insulted the MLA in public.
Meanwhile, the district president of women wing of SAD Balbir Kaur, along with other women supporters, handed over a memorandum to deputy commissioner Arun Sekhri, urging him to take action against the MLA for using “abusive language” against the SDM in public.
While burning the effigy, the Congress supporters, including Nagra’s wife Mandeep Kaur and former Congress councillors Hariana Ram, Gulshan Rai Bobby and Anand Mohan, slammed the SDM for “not following the protocol” and “insulting the MLA” at a meeting regarding an anti-encroachment drive held at Sirhind on Monday.
Meanwhile, former deputy speaker and former Sirhind MLA Bir Devinder issued a press release, saying it was unfortunate that an MLA resorted to hurling abuses at a woman officer in full public view, whatever may be the provocation.
He said no one disputes his right and duty to take up the cause of the public with the local administration, but at the same time, his public conduct should not cause sense of indignation to the serving officials.
He said the legislator is entitled to the observance of protocol, but he must bear in mind that the woman officer is also entitled to dignity and respect.
He said he would suggest to the deputy commissioner to arrange a meeting to sort out the matter amicably.
Deputy commissioner Arun Sekhri said both the MLA and SDM were out of town as the SDM had gone to attend training in Patiala whereas the MLA was also not in town. He said he would take action on Wednesday after hearing both.
Meanwhile, Nagra said he had submitted a complaint to the Vidhan Sabha speaker. He said he had been in politics for years and had never used abusive language against any officer.