A Congress delegation met Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and broached the issue of abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and even got a resolution passed condemning the violation. The BJP has termed the meeting shameful
Bengaluru: In a democracy, an opposition party is given the right to expose the ills of the ruling dispensation to help the government right its wrong.
But to use a domestic/ internal matter on an international platform to besmirch the reputation of the incumbent government would have hurt the father of Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar himself!
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India rescinded Articles 370 and 35A, paving way for a full integration of Jammu and Kashmir two months ago. It’s a known fact that Congress opposed it, rather opposes it perennially.
However, to take the issue to another country and discuss it with opposition parties there reeks of audacity and arrogance.
As per a report, a Congress delegation, headed by Sam Pitroda met Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2015 in British Parliament. Their discussions focussed on the situation in Kashmir. Earlier, Corbyn had openly criticised India on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was in fact confirmed by the leader himself in a tweet.
A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 9, 2019
There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long. pic.twitter.com/wn8DXLohJT
A resolution was also passed seeking de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence.
Immediately, Keith Vas Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin Member of Parliament condemned the resolution.
He said, "The emergency resolution has been misguided and unhelpful. The motion was agreed without the approval of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party or the leader of the party, Jeremy Corbyn. It has created unnecessary distress and division within the Party and the country."
The BJP has also condemned the meeting.
Appalling! @INCIndia owes it to the people of India to explain what its leaders are telling foreign leaders about India.— BJP (@BJP4India) October 10, 2019
India will give a befitting reply to Congress for these shameful shenanigans! https://t.co/Sb0MThF17A
In September, Corbyn also sought entry of an international delegation in the region. He also wanted the high commissioners of both India and Pakistan to be summoned and ensured there is a mediation and restoration of normality.
But the official stand of the UK is abrogation of the Articles is an internal issue.
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