Channi used the opportunity of Modi’s video interaction with chief ministers on the COVID-19 situation to convey a message to them.
Channi told Modi that he was sorry for whatever happened during his Punjab visit. He said that the Prime Minister respected him.
“Tum salamat raho qayamat tak, aur khuda kare qayamat na ho,” he said in Hindi, reciting the verse to express his wishes for a long life to him.
The BJP has been attacking the Punjab government and the Congress for breaching his security during Modi’s visit last week, which had to be downplayed, with its leaders accusing him of attempting to physically harm the prime minister.
Channi had earlier expressed regret but insisted that there was no threat to Modi. He has made fun of Modi many times on this issue.
A group of protesters had blocked Modi’s route in what the Home Ministry had described as a serious lapse in security as the prime minister remained stranded on the road for 15-20 minutes before returning.