Amarinder Singh, a popular Punjab politician, criticized Jason Kenney’s alleged request for an “English-to-English” translation of Sajjan’s remarks earlier this week about the government’s plan to combat the so-called Islamic State.
Singh, who is a current member of Parliament in the Indian National Congress, tweeted on Friday that the remark was an example of “racial humiliation.”
He urged the Opposition MP to apologize to Sajjan or “be admonished and reprimanded in accordance” with Canadian parliamentary law.
“Every Indian in general and every Sikh in particular feels hurt over the racial slur against Mr Sajjan whose contribution to the Canadian nation remains unparalleled,” he said.
Former chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab and Congress Party candidate for Amritsar’s parliamentary seat Amarinder Singh addresses supporters at Khasa village, near Amritsar, on Apr. 3, 2014. (Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)
According to DNA India, Punjab-based Conservative Sikh political party Shiromani Akali Dal also labelled Kenney’s comment as “racist” behaviour that should not be condoned by political leaders.
He expanded on his sentiment in a statement obtained by India Today, describing Kenney’s remarks as “outrageous” and “clearly and undoubtedly racial.”