Jammu, May 23: Denying having made unpleasant remarks against any community, the Minister for Forest Choudhary Lal Singh today said that he has become victim of a “numerical controversy” as he “talked about 47 Degrees Celsius temperature and not the communal riots of 1947 or the infamous AK-47 gun”.
“It is a big controversy against me and all was pre-planned. It requires proper investigations,” said Singh at a press conference at his official residence in Jammu.
Giving explanation, Choudhary Lal Singh said in detail that he reached Jammu from Kashmir on May 18 afternoon to take part in two different events at Jammu. “When I reached home, it was too hot that day and when my flight was landing, I came to know that the temperature was about 47 degree.”
“When I reached home from airport, A delegation of Gujjars was waiting for me and they required my signatures to allow their trucks of fire-wood to move.
I talked to them in local language (Dogri) that you people know that forest are being cutting down and the temperature raise to 47 degree,” said Lal Singh and further added that later he came to know from newspapers only that the digit 47 has been edited as 1947 and AK-47, which is really ridiculous.
The forest minister said that it is part of a big nexus against him because he is not allowing any illegal encroachment or cutting of forest after he joined as the minister incharge of forest and environment in the state.
Lal Singh challenged those, who has lodged complaint against him that he will quit politics if such allegations proved against him.
“Gujjars are my brethren and I am feeling sorry that they felt bad due to this controversy and I am assured that the allegation met me that day not comprising of much people from Gujjar community and most of them were pimp, who are involved in nexus against me,” added Singh.
It is worth mentioning that the controversy came to the light, when a delegations of Gujjar community alleged that forest minister insulted them and talked about what happened against the community members in 1947.
A Gujjar leader and Sarpanch, Mumtaz alleged that the delegation was humiliated and “reminded” of 1947 mayhem. “Abusive, Lal Singh told us: O Gujron, 1947 pulligaya hai tuse ge (O Gujjars! Have you forgotten 1947? Why have you come here?”