Jalandhar, September 22
A day after his jet ride to Delhi evoked sharp criticism from Opposition parties, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday defended the trip.
After visiting Dera Sachkhand Ballan in Amritsar, when questioned, the Chief Minister said: “What is the problem with everyone if a ‘gareeb’ (poor man) takes a jet ride?”
He, however, did not respond when asked about who would foot the bill for the ride.
The SAD had taken a jibe at the CM, PCC chief Navjot Sidhu and Deputy CMs for taking a private jet to Delhi to meet the Congress high command.
Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s media adviser Raveen Thukral had also taken a dig at the new CM.
“Wow….what a ‘gareeban di sarkar’! A 16-seater Learjet to ferry 4 people when a 5-seater official chopper was available. I’m now beginning to feel I sleepwalked through the last 4 & a half years, believing Punjab to be in a fiscal mess. My bad (sic)!,” he tweeted.