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Adnan Sami lashes out at Congress for scathing remarks on being awarded Padma Shri

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 January 2020, 14:13 IST
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Musician and composer Adnan Sami on Monday lambasted the Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill for his severely critical comment on being awarded the Padma Shri, country’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

"Hey kid, did you get ur brain from a 'Clearance Sale' or from a second hand novelty store? Did they teach u in Berkley that a son is to be held accountable or penalised for the acts of his parents? And ur a lawyer? Is that what u learned in law school? Good luck with that! (sic)," Adnan Sami tweeted.

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The Congress leader on Sunday had criticized the centre for awarding the Padma Shri to Pakistan born singer Adnan Sami.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill had asked why Mohammad Sannaullah, a Kargil War veteran, was proclaimed a foreigner through the National Register of Citizen (NRC), while Adnan Sami, son of a Pakistan Air Force pilot, was decorated with the Padma Shri.

Adnan Shami, born in London to a Pakistani veteran, applied for Indian citizenship in 2015 and became a citizen in January 2016.

Launching an attack at the centre, Jaiveer stated, "Kargil War veteran and retired army officer Mohammad Sanaullah who fought for India declared ''foreigner'' after NRC, and Adnan Sami whose family fought against India honoured with Padma Shri -- This is the magic of NRC and government chamchagiri!"

"Is contribution to society or BJP government's praise new criteria? Is this New India?" Mr Shergill asked.

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However, Congress leader Digvijay Singh congratulated Adnan Sami on being awarded the Padma Shri.

"Congratulations to all Padma Awardees. I am very happy that Adnan Sami famous singer and musician and Pakistani Muslim immigrant has also been given Padma Shri," Mr Singh tweeted, also hitting out at the government for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

First published: 27 January 2020, 14:13 IST