Punjab Congress MLA Joginder Pal, who was caught on digital camera assaulting a boy for asking him concerning the work performed in his constituency, right now justified his motion claiming the boy was drunk and had abused him. This comes a day after the video of the incident went viral on social media and was extensively condemned.
“I had asked the young boy to come and ask me a question. But when I gave him the mic, he abused me. That is why I slapped him,” the Pathankot MLA stated, rationalising his actions.
“This was a pre-planned incident. He is 14 years old and was drunk at the time, his mother has said. The boy also admitted that he was drunk and has apologised. So, I have forgiven him and the complaint against the boy has been withdrawn,” the MLA additional added.
The state authorities has launched two movies – of the boy and his mom. “He has made a mistake. He was drunk when he attended the political gathering,” the mom says within the video.
“I have made a mistake,” the boy provides.
The incident happened in Pathankot’s Bhoa space the place the MLA was apparently speaking concerning the work he has overseen within the village. The boy, standing away from the MLA, was caught on the video muttering and he was quickly escorted away from the venue by the police. Nonetheless, he continued questioning the MLA and, in an try to drive a response from him, shouted, “What have you really done?”
Though initially, the MLA calmly requested him to return up entrance and handed him the microphone, he quickly began brutally slapping and assaulting the boy. Worse, the cop who initially tried to steer the person away joined in on the assault, as did the half-a-dozen individuals standing round.
The unsavoury incident triggered a political row with the BJP declaring it confirmed the Congress’ “intolerant” nature.
“After Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra turned out journalists from their PCs for asking factual questions, it is turn of Joginder Singh, Congress MLA from Boha in Pathankot, to thrash a young man black and blue for just questioning him. This is the intolerant face of Congress,” tweeted BJP’s Amit Malviya main the pushback.
Punjab votes for a brand new authorities in a number of months, with the Congress scrambling to make sure it retains a authorities in one of many (very) few states it nonetheless controls.