Amid a political storm over his controversial remarks, Forest Minister and BJP leader Lal Singh on Monday said that he only talked about "47-degree temperature" and not about 1947 tragedy.
"I never made any comments to hurt the sentiments of any community," Lal Singh said at a press conference here today.
"I always entertain people, who call on me, irrespective of their caste, creed or religious affiliation," he said.
He said the allegations "are completely 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 in Jammu. I had said that "the mercury would reach 47 degrees centigrade in Jammu". This was misunderstood by some people who connected the temperature with 1947 when the country got freedom. "Forty seven degree should not be confused with the tragedies of 1947," he said.
Opposition National Conference has demanded the sacking of Singh, who they said had made an "irresponsible statement".