NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S. Jayashankar criticized Canada for allowing Khalistan separatists to hold a procession depicting the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The parade was held in Brampton, Canada. The Times of India quoted Jaishankar as saying that such actions by Canada would not be good for bilateral relations with India.
He also asked why this was being done other than vote bank politics.
“Frankly speaking, I don’t see why this needs to be done except for vote bank politics. There is a problem with giving space to violent people, separatists and terrorists. This is not good for relations with India,’ Hindustan Times quoted Jaishankar as saying.
Jaya Shankar’s reaction came after the video depicting the assassination of Indira Gandhi went viral on social media.
According to reports, supporters of Khalistan organized a march on June 4. It was before 39 years since Operation Bluestar.
The Indian High Commission in Ottawa has sent a letter to Global Affairs Canada expressing displeasure over the incident.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said filming Indira Gandhi’s assassination was a useless act. He also asked Jaya Shankar to look into the matter seriously.
The Congress also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the incident as unfortunate.
Congress spokesperson Supriya Sreenath said there was no significant response from the government to the incident. They also accused the government of making only a general statement without even mentioning the name of Indira Gandhi.
Shashi Tharoor MP responded that there is no politics in condemning this despicable act.
Congress leader Milid Devra said it is not about taking sides but respecting the country’s history.
At the same time, the Canadian High Commissioner also presented a response to the incident. He responded that there is no place in Canada for those who promote and glorify violence.
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