Jats Lack Brains, Can't Match Bengalis," Says Tripura Chief Minister

New Delhi : 

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb talked himself into a controversy after shocking comments that painted stereotyped caricatures of Haryana's Jats and the Bengalis.

"Haryana has many Jats. Haryana's Jats lack brains but are brawny. They can't match Bengalis in brains. Bengalis are known all over India for being intelligent," Mr Deb declared.

A 50-second video of the Chief Minister's speech was posted online by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, who described the comments as indicative of "the mindset of the BJP".

"Shameful and unfortunate. BJP Chief Minister, Tripura, Biplab Dev insulted the Sikh brothers of Punjab and the Jat community of Haryana, calling them "low minded"," Mr Surjewala tweeted.