Discord over remarks: SAD-BSP, AAP up against Ludhiana MP Bittus, seeks arrest

Ludhiana The SAD-BSP alliance and the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party have stepped up their protests against Congressman Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu for allegedly castist comments he allegedly made in a video that went viral on social media. To assert its point of view, the opposition made sure to protest in the member’s constituency. Protesters, however, violated all covid standards with most of them unmasked and no social distancing is maintained.

The senior management of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) -Parti Bahujan Samaj (BSP) led by former ministers Daljit Singh Cheema and Gulzar Singh Ranike, filed a complaint on Thursday with the police commissioner of Ludhiana Rakesh Agrawal, asking for an FIR against Bittu . They also called for Bittu’s immediate arrest. The alliance wants Bittu to be reserved under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes Act 1989 (prevention of atrocities) and Articles 295A (outrageous religious feelings), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult to provoke a breach of the peace).

The AAP, led by opposition leader Harpal Singh Cheema, burned the effigy of Bittu and CM captain Amarinder Singh at the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk for allegedly inciting hatred towards the Dalit community.

Cheema (from SAD) claimed that conclusive evidence was available against Bittu in the public domain (via video) and that the police should not try to save him, simply because he was from the ruling Congress. “Bittu did say that holy seats were given to ungodly people. This is intolerable because it goes against the Constitution which guarantees equality for all and is also against Sikh ethics and culture ”,

AAP leaders said the “gurus” had risen above castes and religions. “The opinion and views of the leaders of Congress are completely contrary to the message given by the ‘gurus’,” they said.

“If the CM had been serious in this matter, he would have condemned Bittu’s statement and would have acted against him,” Harpal Cheema said, accusing Congress of dividing society for political interests. Bittu was not available for comment despite repeated calls to his phone. Previously, he had said his statement had been misinterpreted and meant that the Akali Dal had deserted the “panthic” seats. In the video, Bittu had flayed SAD for ceding the pious seats of Anandpur Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib to the BSP, as part of their electoral alliance.

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