India, on Tuesday, condemned the debate in UK Parliament by some British lawmakers over the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. High Commission of India stated that the debate which was held on Monday evening inside the British parliamentary premises was based on ‘false assertions’ and in a ‘one-sided discussion’.
“We deeply regret that rather than a balanced debate, false assertions – without substantiation or facts – were made, casting aspersions on the largest functioning democracy in the world and its institutions,” the High Commission of India in London said in a statement reacting to UK Parliament debate on farmers’ protest.
Reportedly, the debate was held in a response to a petition with over lakh signatories. A report stated that the response from Indian High Commission came even after the lawmakers, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Minister Nigel Adams stated that the farm laws were ‘India’s domestic matter’.
“High Commission of India would normally refrain from commenting on an internal discussion involving a small group of H’ble Parliamentarians in a limited quorum. However, when aspersions are cast on India by anyone, irrespective of their claims of friendship and love for India or domestic political compulsions, there is a need to set the record straight,” the statement added.
During the discussion, the UK government highlighted the importance of UK-India relations. It stated that London and New Delhi are working for the good at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The Opposition Labour MP Virendra Sharma suggested that the Indian government, as well as farmer bodies, should be counseled to reach an agreement.
It may be recalled that farmers from Punjab have been protesting against farm laws at the Delhi borders.
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