STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Chandigarh, September 3
In response to a petition filed by a city-based lawyer objecting to “offensive comments” about the natives of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, a local court on Tuesday issued summons to Congress
vice-president Mr Rahul Gandhi.
Judicial magistrate Mr Jaswinder Singh issued these summons on the petition filed by the lawyer, Mr Arvind Thakur, against Mr Gandhi in December 2011.
It accused the Congress leader of hurting the sentiments of people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by referring to them as “beggars”. On the petitioner’s request, the court on Tuesday issued ‘dasti’ summons for 19
“We had requested the court to issue ‘dasti’ summons as the earlier ones, issued about eight times by the court, were received un-served. We would go to Delhi ourselves to get these served on Gandhi through Patiala House Court in New Delhi," Mr Thakur said.
While kicking off Congress’ UP Assembly election campaign in Phulpur on November 14, 2011, Mr Gandhi had said, “People of UP are appreciated for their hard work wherever they go in search of job…How long will you beg in Maharashtra (for work)? How long will you work as labourers in Punjab?”
These comments had sparked the controversy.