Punjab’s new chief minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, roasted by state opposition parties for taking a chartered flight to Delhi to meet with the congressional leadership, defended himself today but did not revealed who paid for the ride.
“Gareeb da munda NS pe chad gaya kya takleef hai (What if a poor man’s son took a jet), “Channi said, bombarded with questions about the” private jet “flight on Tuesday.
Was it a private flight or at the expense of the taxpayer, journalists asked him. Mr. Channi got into his car without a response.
Mr. Channi, who had described himself as genuine “aam aadmi (ordinary man) “at his first press conference after taking the oath of office as chief minister, was criticized by opposition Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party.
Yesterday, an image tweeted by Punjabi congressman Navjot Sidhu spurred the attacks. Mr. Channi, Mr. Sidhu and two deputy chief ministers were seen standing next to a small plane in the photo.
“In service !!” – Mr. Sidhu tweeted, sharing the image. The group was flying to Delhi for a meeting with the congressional leadership on the ministers of the new Punjab cabinet following the resignation of Amarinder Singh last weekend.
In service, reached Amritsar pic.twitter.com/jAyG9Cou79
– Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) September 21, 2021
Akali Dal mocked Congress for using “private jets for a 250 km trip to Delhi” and the AAP said Congress had not given up “its royal ways.”
“After saying they were standing alongside the common man, Congress leaders take private jets to travel only 250 km from Chandigarh to Delhi. Are there no normal flights or cars that can be used? Or is this beating aimed at spreading the Gandhi family’s Delhi Darbar culture, “Akali Dal said in a tweet.
After saying they were standing by the common man’s side, INC leaders take private jets to travel just 250 km from Chandigarh to Delhi. Are there no normal thefts or cars that can be used? Or is this beating aimed at spreading the Delhi Darbar culture of the Gandhi family? https://t.co/tw8kglW5K1
– Shiromani Akali Dal (@Akali_Dal_) September 21, 2021
Harpal Singh Cheema of the AAP, leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, said: “No one becomes an ordinary man by saying it, only his actions reveal the truth of his personality. The real faces of Channi, Sidhu, who called themselves poor ordinary men the day before, have been exposed. “Even the team of former chief minister Amarinder Singh attacked them.
Wow… .what ‘gareeban di sarkar’! A 16-seater Learjet to carry 4 people when an official 5-seater helicopter was available. I’m now starting to feel like I’ve been sleepwalking for the past 4 and a half years, believing the Punjab is in a tax mess. My fault! 1/2 https://t.co/IjAPY4tm7A
– Raveen Thukral (@RT_Media_Capt) September 21, 2021
Raveen Thukral, Mr Singh’s media advisor, tweeted: “Wow … what ‘gareeban di sarkar‘(government of the poor)! A 16-seater Learjet to carry 4 people when an official 5-seater helicopter was available. I am now starting to feel like I have been sleepwalking for the past four and a half years, believing the Punjab is in a tax mess. My fault!”