“PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests, he must tell nation what transpired in his meeting with Trump”

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The Congress on Tuesday launched a stunning attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after US President Donald Trump claimed that the Indian prime minister recently asked him to mediate on Kashmir.

 

Congress MP Manish Tewari demanded a statement from PM Modi in both houses of the parliament to contradict the claims made by Trump in the presence of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Tewari said, “Trump said that PM Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir. Since the conversation had taken place between Trump and PM Modi and we have already heard from Trump, we demand that PM Modi  make a statement in both houses of the parliament stating that the US President was lying.”

Tewari called Trump’s claims a serious attack on India’s sovereignty. Tewari also tweeted, “This is a very serious claim to make wherein he has either invented a conversation or stated what actually transpired between the two. A response by a Joint Secy level officer won’t do. The PM must clarify in both houses today whether he asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir or not?”



The opposition parties, meanwhile, staged a walkout of the parliament demanding a statement from PM Modi over claims made by Trump on Kashmir mediation.

Little later, Rahul Gandhi too tweeted accusing PM Modi of betraying the country on the thorny issue of Kashmir. He wrote, “President Trump says PM Modi asked him to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir! If true, PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests & 1972 Shimla Agreement. A weak Foreign Ministry denial won’t do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him & @POTUS.”

 



Speaking in the parliament, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar rejected Trump’s claims. He said, “I would like to put it on record in the House (Rajya Sabha) that no such request (on Kashmir) was made by the prime minister to the president of the United States. All issues with Pakistan has and will remain bilateral between India and Pakistan.”

His statement came hours after the External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, rejected Trump’s statements in a series of tweets on Monday night.

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