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Biggest diplomatic blunder: Congress

randeep surjewala ani
NEW DELHI: Congress on Wednesday termed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to facilitate EU MPs’ visit to Jammu and Kashmir the biggest diplomatic blunder and accused the government of deliberately internationalising the J&K issue.

Seeking explanation from the PM, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “The Modi government has committed a grave sacrilege by introducing a third party to assess the ground situation in Kashmir and that too through an unknown think tank. By doing so, the government has caused an affront to India’s sovereign right over Jammu and Kashmir.”

Surjewala asserted India’s timetested policy of over 70 years was that Kashmir was an internal matter. He said: “We will accept no interference or third party mediation of any nature from any government or group of people or organisation or any individual.”

Pointing out that Indian MPs who tried to visit J&K were detained in Srinagar, Surjewala asked how come “the BJP government is rolling out the red carpet for a private visit by EU MPs facilitated by an unknown international business broker”.

Surjewala said the government “has outsourced Indian diplomacy to an international business broker”.

“Will the prime minister tell as to who is Madi Sharma? What is BJP’s connection to ‘Women’s Economic and Social Think Tank’ and ‘International Institute for Non-aligned Studies’?”

Surjewala further asked: “In what capacity is Madi Sharma fixing an appointment with the PM? Where is the money to finance the entire visit coming from? Why has MEA been sidelined?”
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