By Payal Mehta
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the United Kingdom, and especially his meeting with British Labour Party leader and MP Jeremy Corbyn in London came under the scanner after his controversial statements. Top sources in the government have revealed that the Congress MP skipped the due procedure, and had not sought political clearance for his visit.
Top sources informed ANI that another Member of Parliament, Professor Manoj Jha from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, who also went for a function in which Rahul Gandhi was participating in London, had all due permission including – the due political clearance. Jha also spoke at the Cambridge University, a day ahead of Rahul Gandhi.
On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi posed a picture with UK Labour party leader and known India-baiter Jeremy Corbyn, which sparked off a war of words between the Congress and the BJP.
While the Congress Wayanad MP spoke at the ‘Ideas for India’ conclave, Gandhi said that democracy is in danger and the Constitution of India is under attack.
Gandhi also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of remaining silent ‘deliberately’ on every issue.
Heated words were also exchanged between Rahul Gandhi and India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Twitter. Hitting out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remarks concerning “complete change” in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Jaishankar said that the change is not called “arrogance” but “confidence and defending national interest”.
The remarks came after Rahul Gandhi said at an event in London that he had been told by bureaucrats in Europe that IFS has changed and the officers are “arrogant”.
Jaishankar said in a tweet that the IFS officers follow the orders of the government and protect national interests while countering the arguments of others.
“Yes, the Indian Foreign Service has changed. Yes, they follow the orders of the Government. Yes, they counter the arguments of others. No, it’s not called Arrogance. It is called Confidence. And it is called defending National Interest,” Jaishankar said.
He also attached a clip of Rahul Gandhi’s remarks. In his remarks at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference in London, Gandhi said he had been told that IFS officers do not listen to anything, they were just getting orders from the government and there is no conversation.
BJP slams Rahul Gandhi over
meeting with Jeremy Corbyn
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with the UK’s former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has sparked a new controversy as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been criticizing Rahul Gandhi and the grand old party ever since the meeting took place.
Jeremy is known to be a centre-left leader and has given anti-India statements in the past. Earlier on Monday, the Indian Overseas Congress had tweeted Gandhi’s picture with Jeremy.
Attacking Gandhi over his meeting with Corbyn in London, BJP Leader Amit Malviya tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi with UK MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is known for his visceral dislike for India, advocates Kashmir’s secession and is unequivocally anti-Hindu. Gandhi has finally found his overseas collaborator, who denigrates India with the same impunity as him.”
While Congress leader Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter and said, “Am amazed as to how dearest friends in TV Media have to bend over backwards to serve the idiotic agenda of Govt & ilk of Kapil Sharma. Political leaders have met in the past and will meet in future other leaders having divergent and opposite views to us or get a pic taken.”
He further stated that Rahul Gandhi taking a picture with a person with whom we hold divergent views is neither a crime nor an act of terror as is being made out.
He questioned, “If this is the criteria, the media friends should also debate why did the Prime Minister take Nirav Modi to Davos and about their common photos?
“If this is the criteria, our media friends should also debate – What about the video of the PM addressing Mehul Choksi as “Hamare Mehul Bhai” in a public function? Why does the PM meet President Xi Jinping, when China has occupied our territory?” he added.
Surjewala further questioned, “If this is the criteria, our media friends should also debate – Why did PM go to Pakistan to meet the then PM, Nawaz Sharif? Will Government promise it will never ever meet anyone having divergent views from us? Time to debate real issues, Not BJP propaganda!” (ANI)