Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday took strong objection to remarks made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month concerning protests by farmers on farm laws and said no leader of a country should speak about India’s internal affairs.
“First of all, I would like to say about the 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 (our) 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,” Rajnath Singh 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 Justin Trudeau’s remarks concerning protests 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.
Justin 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, Justin Trudeau had said Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest.
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 by Justin 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 “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”, saying that the issue pertains to the internal affairs of the country.