The run-up to Punjab Assembly Elections next month is getting closer with political parties indulging in mud-slinging. One such video where a former Chief of Army Staff and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the Punjab assembly polls from Patiala, General JJ Singh is allegedly seen using abusive words for his opponent, Captain Amarinder Singh has surfaced on social media.
In a report published in The Indian Express, the clip circulating on WhatsApp and Twitter has also been uploaded on YouTube and shows Singh talking to his supporters about how to tackle the election campaign.
“Je jittna hai taan sidhe tareeke naal jitto, je thudda maar ke jittna hai te aapaan (Punjabi swear words) knock out kar deyange (If you have to win then do it in a straight forward way, if you are going to kick then we will knock you out)”.
He further explains himself saying, “Je belt de thalle koi maare….main bade competition jitteya haan fauj de vich, je belt de thalley koi mukka maare main keya ennu (Punjabi swear word) khatam hee karo. without pity, bereham, without remorse, aur phir koi guilt vee nahi. Jang-e-maidan vich uttre ho te jitt honi chayidi. (If someone hits you below the belt, then I say that man must be finished without pity, without remorse.)
“Jang-e-maidan vich uttre ho te jitt honi chayidi. Assi hamesha jitt hon ton baad thodi narmi dikhaane haaan. Ethey koi narmi nayi dikhani (If you are on the battlefield then you should win. We always show a little mercy after winning. But here no mercy should be shown).”
The clip also shows JJ Singh giving an explanation about his choice of words after someone in the audience is heard questioning him about the language used by him saying he has held high offices of the Army Chief and Governor and such language did not behove him (“shobha nayi dindi”).
The General replies that his emotions should not be insulted. “I have only expressed my firm ideas and you should try to understand this. He (Amarinder) has also said about me that I have nothing to do whatsoever with Patiala. Is this right to say? He has said a lie. Why has he said a lie. He has also said ‘inko naani yaad kara denge’, Is this a good thing to say? I am a human being. My principle is Cain and Abel. I have said that if anyone hits me below the belt I will knock him out. This is all I want to say,” he said.
Reacting to the purported video, Punjab Congress chief, Capt Amarinder Singh said, “General JJ Singh’s use of abusive language does not suit a man of his stature. Using such language is demeaning of the high offices he has held and also violates electoral propriety. As disciplined soldiers and mature individuals, let us fight the battle of the ballot in the true democratic spirit it deserves and not reduce it to a free-for-all vulgar conflict that the entire nation, and perhaps the world, will deprecate and ridicule”.
The Punjab legislative assembly election, 2017 will be held on February 4, 2017 to select the 117 members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly.