MoS PMO Jitendra Singh responded on Tuesday to the falsehood spoken by US President Donald Trump to the media on Monday where he claimed that PM Narendra Modi asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue. He said that the External Affairs Ministry made a clear statement on the matter in the Parliament the very next day of Trump's statement.
"To find themselves down and out and to have lost the political plot, are now seeking to find a Trump card in Trump. After it was proven beyond doubt that these so-called observations of Trump are unsubstantiated and nothing of the sort had ever transpired and it was made more than clear by none less than the MEA in the house of Parliament," he said.
He spoke about Congress trying to politicise the issue and demanding PM Modi's clarification on the matter. Sonia Gandhi, earlier on Tuesday, said that Congress will keep raising the issue in the Parliament.
"Some of these politicians who failed to make it to the Lok Sabha are now trying to rake it up outside which amounts to flogging a dead horse. As far as the Congress is concerned, I think it is still haunted by the infamous Nehruvian blunder, remembering it in the back of their mind, they still carry the unpleasant thought of Nehru carrying Kashmir to the UN and therefore the in the heart of hearts, hope against hope something like this would come in their way against the BJP, but the people of the county are awakened," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the Parliament stating that PM Modi never asked Trump to mediate in Kashmir and the issue remains a bilateral one between Pakistan and India.
"I would like to categorically ensure the House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister 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. I hope there won't be any confusion in anyone's mind."