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Akalis demand apology from Sidhu for ‘casteist remarks’ against Adampur MLA Tinu

In his complaint to Speaker Rana KP Singh, Tinu said, “I am pained and disturbed by the derogatory language used by the minister just because I’m a Dalit. Does my being a Dalit mean that I am not entitled to the respect other members are given?”

punjab Updated: Jun 21, 2017 14:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Navjot Singh Sidhu,Pawan Tinu
Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu (HT File)

The Shiromani Akali Dal demanded an apology from Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for insulting Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu and refusing to answer his question in the assembly on Wednesday.

In his complaint to Speaker Rana KP Singh, Tinu said, “I am pained and disturbed by the derogatory language used by the minister just because I’m a Dalit. Does my being a Dalit mean that I am not entitled to the respect other members are given?”

Tinu was enquiring about the working of the sewage treatment plant (STP) in Adampur town during the question answer session. Sidhu said none of the 64 STPs set up during the Akali tenure were in working condition.

The nonchalant response sparked off an argument between the two after which the Adampur MLA walked to the well of the House alleging casteist remarks by Sidhu. He accused the minister of saying, “Ehoje MLAian da vi jawab deyunga (Now should I reply to such MLAs).”

The Akalis joined Tinu’s protest and later submitted a complaint to the Speaker.

The issue led to the House being adjourned.

The assembly proceedings were held up for the third time in the day.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 14:31 IST