Justin Trudeau backs Indian farmers’ protest; India says remarks ‘unwarranted’

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

01st Dec, 2020. 07:33 pm
Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has backed Indian farmers’ protest and said that our government is in talks with the BJP-led government over this issue.

According to the details, Trudeau was speaking to Sikh Canadians via a video link on the occasion of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

For the past few weeks, more than 300,000 farmers from India’s Punjab province have been staging protests in Delhi against the government’s new central farm laws. Farmers are demanding the government revise it as it goes against their interests.

“We are all very worried about family and friends [in India],” PM Trudeau said, “Canada always stood for peaceful protests and would continue to defend the rights of peaceful protesters.”

The premier further added, “We believe in the process of dialogue. We’ve reached out through multiple means to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns. This is a moment for all of us to pull together.”

Canada has a huge population from the Sikh community, and many of its members hold important ministers in the Canadian cabinet, reports said.

India did not like Trudeau’s comments very much as external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country. It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes,” he said.

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