Taking strong objection to Trudeau's comments on farm laws, India's Defence Minister said that no leader of a country should speak about the country's internal affairs
Days after the Canadian Prime Minister expressed concern over the farmers' protest in India, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday termed the remarks made by Justin Trudeau as "outside interference".
Taking strong objection to Trudeau's comments on farm laws, Singh said that no leader of a country should speak about India's internal affairs.
"First of all, I would like to say about prime minister of any country that comment should not be made about India's internal affairs. India does not require any outside interference. We will sort out issues by ourselves. It is an internal matter of India. No country in the world has the right to comment on India's internal affairs," the Union Defence Minister has said in an exclusive interview with ANI.
"India is not any other country that someone can say anything," he added.
He was asked about criticism in some countries and Trudeau's remarks concerning protest by farmers on farm laws.
He said attempts had been made to mislead "our farmer brothers" and the same thing is going on.
He urged farmers to hold clause by clause discussions on the three laws and said the government will not take any step against their interests.
Trudeau had expressed concern about the farmers' protest in India against three farm laws.
Speaking during a Facebook video interaction organised by a Canadian MP to mark Gurupurab or the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the Canadian PM backed the agitating farmers in India, had said that Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests, and had expressed concern over the situation.
Some lawmakers in the US also voiced their support for farmers agitating in India against the new farm laws.
India had summoned Canada's envoy and conveyed that remarks of Trudeau and Canadian lawmakers concerning farmers' protest had the potential to "seriously" damage bilateral ties.
India had also called the remarks by foreign politicians on protests by farmers as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted" saying that the issue pertains to the internal affairs of the country.
With agency inputs
Subscribe to Mint Newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.
Never miss a story! Stay connected and informed with Mint.
our App Now!!