Srinagar: Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday denied having made any acerbic comments to a delegation, who had visited him at his residence in Jammu.
“I never made any comment which would hurt the sentiments of any community. I always entertain people who call on me irrespective of the caste, creed or religious affiliation” he said.
Singh said the allegations were baseless and he would do anything to protect the interests of the general public.
“I was speaking to my Gujjar brothers in Dogri about the increasing temperature. I don’t know how the issue has come up as has been reported in a section of the press,” he said.
He said the forest protection is his top most priority and he won’t allow any element to play politics over it. Singh had made a communal remark by referring to 1947, when Muslims in the region were massacred during Indo-Pak partition. The delegation had submitted an application at police station Gandhi Nagar seeking FIR against the minister.