Guwahati: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday apologized for his earlier comment about people from Jats and Punjabi communities.
CM Deb landed in a controversy after Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala circulated a video on social media that quickly went viral.
In the video, Deb was seen making a statement that Jats are blessed with less intellect, but are healthy, while Bengalis, a community to which he belongs, are known for their intellectual prowess.
Surjewala himself is a Jat.
Immediately after the video went viral and the CM was criticized, Deb on Tuesday came up with his tweets written in Hindi and said, “I had expressed thoughts about my Punjabi and Jat brothers at an event in Agartala Press Club recently. I didn’t intend to hurt any community. I am proud of both Punjabi and Jat communities. I myself have spent a lot of time with them.”
“Many of my close friends are from these communities. If my statement has hurt anyone’s sentiments, I personally seek apology for that,” he further tweeted.
Deb added that he was aware of these communities’ immense contributions to the country’s freedom struggle and would never doubt their role behind India’s growth story.
Deb is known for his controversial statements.