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If someone hurt by my remarks, I apologise: Congress MP Bittu to Punjab SC Panel

Ludhiana member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu. Photo: @RavneetBittu/Twitter

Chandigarh, June 21 (MNN) Congress member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu on Monday presented himself before the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes and said that if his remarks had hurt someone, he apologised unconditionally.

Commission Chairperson Tejinder Kaur said that Bittu maintained that it was never his intention to make any statement against the Dalit community.

The Commission has since asked him to give his stand in writing within two day.

The panel head had on Sunday said that the Congress leader will personally appear before the panel on June 21 instead of June 22 to explain his recent remarks on two Assembly seats in the state.

On June 16, the Commission had directed the Ludhiana MP for personal appearance before the panel on June 22.

Commission Chair Tejinder Kaur had said that the date was advanced as Bittu had maintained that he had some prior unavoidable engagements on June 22 and hence sought permission to be present at 11.30 on June 21.

The Commission had said that Shiromani Akali Dal leader Pawan Kumar Tinnu had filed a complaint against the Congress leader over his viral video and media reports on Bittu’s comments which had not been taken well by certain quarters.

The Commission had then decided to investigate the matter and summoned the Ludhiana MP to appear personally on June 22, as per Section 12(2) of Punjab State Schedule Castes Commission Act, 2004.

Bittu courted controversy after he said that the SAD had given the “sacred” seats of Anandpur Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib to the Bahujan Samaj Party following their alliance on June 12 for the next year’s Punjab Assembly elections.

Bittu later clarified that he only meant to say that the SAD had deserted the “Panthic” seats.

The opposition parties had slammed for allegedly insulting the Dalits by his remarks posted in a video on his Facebook page.

The Shiromani Akali Dal had lodged a complaint with the Commission that Bittu had passed “casteist” remarks against the Dalits, and insulted them.

State BSP President Jasbir Singh Garhi had claimed that Bittu’s remarks reflected the Congress mentality.

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