Harry Mann’s statement sparks controversy
In what he later termed a mere “morale booster”, Congress leader Harinderpal Singh, alias Harry Mann, was caught on video on Monday as he told party workers: “Don’t let opposition parties use force; and don’t be suppressed by them... Hack them and come to me! I will ensure you that no one touches you.”
He was referring the panchayat elections due in July while speaking at a public meeting in Devigarh in Sanaur segment, from where he lost the assembly contest last year. The meeting was held by his supporters to celebrate his nomination to the syndicate of Punjabi University. The video went viral on Tuesday over WhatsApp and other social media channels.
A former state information commissioner, Mann referred to the swords with an honorific used in the Sikh religion — ‘Sri Sahib’ — and promised: “I will distribute not one but 10 swords in each village in my constituency to Congress workers who will be at polling booths and those who will contest.” Supporters can be seen cheering.