Padma row: Adnan Sami slams Opposition for attacking his merit, asks them to refrain from commenting on his relationship with father
Sami is in the eye of a storm.
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And one such winner who has found himself courting controversy is Pakistani-origin singer Adnan Sami. Sami, who has been felicitated with Padma Shri, has been at the receiving end of criticism.The Opposition including, the Congress and the NCP, have not only been questioning Sami’s merit, but also bringing up his father’s past as a Pakistani airforce pilot.
The 48-year-old singer, however, is not mincing his words and has responded to critics.
Sami indulged in a public verbal spat with Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. It all started when Shergill tweeted a video from his Twitter account, asking the Government if it was fair to give Padma Shri to the son of a Pakistani Air Force pilot. The jibe was clearly directed towards Sami.
3 Q’s to BJP Govt on #PadmaShri for #adnansami : 1. Why Indian Soldier like Mohd Sannaullah is declared foreigner v… https://t.co/o7SedglRrV— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) 1580019195000
Shergill then slammed the Government for giving Padma Shri to Sami, saying, “Magic of govt chamchagiri”.
'Magic of govt chamchagiri': Congress slams govt over Padma Shri to Adnan Sami | Deccan Herald https://t.co/lj4zr2fRx6— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) 1580055688000
Sami responded to Shergill’s tweet, asking him why should a son be held accountable, and penalised for the act of his father.
Hey kid, did you get ur brain from a ‘Clearance Sale’ or from a second hand novelty store? Did they teach u in Ber… https://t.co/OEncN9JTyK— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1580082627000
Uncle,i can reply in ur language but “Indian” culture teaches us to be respectful even to our enemies-u jumped bord… https://t.co/hW8ZI20Hmb— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) 1580096535000
Shergill also asked Sami to recount five contributions towards India in the last five years. Sami then responded to his tweet, asking him not to talk about his relationship with his father.
Well Uncle Ji, let me break to you that I don’t need lecture on Indian Culture from a person who has distanced or d… https://t.co/4MIJJoL963— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) 1580112639000
Again u speak with ur presumptuous ignorant pedestrian pea-brain! Whr have I dared to distance myself from my might… https://t.co/nDUFWMK23P— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1580115578000
Shergill ended the spat with a tweet, saying that it is not his nature to indulge in Twitter spats “but if someone will attack me personally then it is important to teach them in their own language”.
While Congress leaders slammed Sami being awarded the Padma Shri, the BJP and the LJP maintained their stance that Sami is highly deserving of the honour.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra wondered if the Opposition only liked Muslims who are ‘against’ PM Modi. He also raked up Congress president Sonia Gandhi's father and spoke of his alleged association with Mussolini and Hitler to ask why she was given Indian citizenship.
#Live | @BJP4India's @sambitswaraj questions @INCIndia's hypocrisy over the Padma honour row. 'Sonia Gandhi's fat… https://t.co/emacWFjh1T— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) 1580119902000
Sami had applied for Indian citizenship in 2015 and became a citizen of the country in January 2016.
He was one of the 118 people whose names were announced on Saturday for the Padma Shri awards, including the likes of Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor and others.