The Centre slammed the Congress and the Opposition parties over their protest in the Parliament on Tuesday on US President Donald Trump's obvious lie about being asked by PM Modi to mediate in the Kashmir issue during his meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
While addressing a press briefing after the session of Parliament, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it is condemnable that Congress and other Opposition parties are playing politics over Donald Trump's misleading claims. He said that even after the MEA and the US spokesperson have cleared their stand in Trump's claims, the Opposition is choosing to question PM Modi.
"The way Congress and some Opposition parties have protested in the House just to demand Prime Minister to be present about the alleged asking US President to mediate, which America itself has denied, with our foreign ministers denying it and making it official. Still, to continue with sloganeering, just because they have little more numbers in Rajya Sabha compared to their Lok Sabha position. This kind of attitude is completely condemnable. When the nation should come together, Congress is putting politics about national interest," the BJP leader said.
Massive uproar erupted in both houses of Parliament on Tuesday after the Congress' debate demanding Prime Minister Modi's response on US President Trump's claims that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue.
Responding in the matter, UPA Chairperson leading the Opposition also said that her party will keep raising the matter in the Parliament despite the MEA's clarification on the matter.
Amid the heated debate, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated his ministry's position on the fallacious claim made by Trump on Kashmir mediation. Rebuffing third party involvement in the matter, Jaishankar said that no such request was made by PM Modi to the US President.
"I reiterate no such request has been made to the US President. I would, Sir, also reiterate that it has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issue by Pakistan be discussed bilaterally. I would further underline that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. Let me conclude by emphasising that Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration provide the basis for to resolve all issue between India and Pakistan bilaterally," the MEA said in Parliament.