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Punjab CM Channi requests PM Modi to order probe into separatism allegations against Kejriwal

By Priyanka Verma 
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Chandigarh: Smarting from the political attack over his “UP, Bihar, Delhi de bhaiye remark”, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has launched a counter strike on his Delhi counterpart and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal over his former party colleague Kumar Vishwas’s remarks. Late yesterday night, Mr Channi shared a copy of the Election Commission’s letter withdrawing the bar on broadcasting recent remarks of Mr Vishwas that have triggered a row.

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“Politics aside, people of Punjab have paid a heavy price while fighting separatism. Hon’ble PM needs to address the worry of every Punjabi,” he said.

Earlier, PM Modi had also referred to former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas’s remarks at a rally in Punjab and alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and his party have the “same agenda” as Pakistan — “to break India… to join hands with separatists to get power”. The allegations, he said, should be taken seriously by every voter and citizen.

Meanwhile, Kumar Vishwas’ video has also provided Punjab CM Channi an opportunity to hit back at his Delhi counterpart as he is also under the fire for his “UP, Bihar, Delhi de bhaiye” remark.

“One day, he told me he would either become the chief minister (of Punjab)…or the first prime minister of an independent nation (Khalistan),” Vishwas told news agency.

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On Thursday, the additional chief electoral officer of Punjab issued a controversial letter restraining media houses, political parties and their representatives from publishing the “maliciously manufactured” Vishwas’s interview “with a view to defame” Kejriwal and “promote hatred, ill will, feeling of hostility against different religious groups and communities.” The letter, however, was soon withdrawn by the chief electoral officer.

Channi later requested PM Modi to order an impartial probe into the claims made by Kumar Vishwas, saying people of Punjab have paid a heavy price of separatism.

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“As CM of Punjab, I request Hon’ble PM @narendramodi Ji to order an impartial enquiry in the matter of @DrKumarVishwas Ji’s video. Politics aside, people of Punjab have paid a heavy price while fighting separatism. Hon’ble PM needs to address the worry of every Punjabi,” he wrote on Twitter while sharing the letter of Punjab’s chief electoral officer.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Raghav Chadha has hit out at rival political parties for their attempts to “defame” Kejriwal.

“All the parties came together to stop the AAP from forming the government in Punjab. As part of the conspiracy, Congress, BJP and Akali leaders are continuously giving false statements and spreading disinformation to defame Arvind Kejriwal,” Chadha said in a statement.

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