BJP on Thursday hit out at the Congress after UK Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in a tweet said “very productive meeting” with UK representatives of the Congress, wherein they discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir.
Terming it as “appalling”, the BJP said India will give a befitting reply to the Congress for these “shameful shenanigans.”
Appalling! @INCIndia owes it to the people of India to explain what its leaders are telling foreign leaders about India.
India will give a befitting reply to Congress for these shameful shenanigans! https://t.co/Sb0MThF17A
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 10, 2019
Meanwhile, the Indian Overseas Congress hit back at the “malicious” statement by the BJP, which it said was “another attempt to distract people from their failures.”
“Our meeting with @jeremycorbyn was held to condemn the Kashmir resolution passed by his Party & to reiterate that J & K is an internal matter & outside intervention will not be accepted,” the Indian Overseas Congress tweeted.
Our meeting with @jeremycorbyn was held to condemn the Kashmir resolution passed by his Party & to reiterate that J&K is an internal matter & outside intervention will not be accepted. @BJP4India‘s malicious statements are another attempt to distract people from their failures.
— Indian Overseas Congress UK (@TeamIOCUK) October 10, 2019
The Labour Party leader tweeted a photo with the Congress delegation and wrote: “A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir. There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long.”
Congress leader Anand Sharma denied the BJP’s allegations and said that any issue pertaining to J&K are purely India’s internal affairs.
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“We are shocked by this misrepresentation and any unauthorised statement that has been made on behalf of the Congress party. The delegation of Indian Overseas Congress that met has neither a mandate nor any authorisation to speak on any matter which pertains to policies or India’s domestic issues. They are supposed to be only confined to the Indian diaspora,” said Sharma.
The Congress spokesperson added that: “The INC’s position is firm, consistent and clear as articulated in our working committee resolution of August 6.”
On September 26, Britain’s opposition Labour Party had passed an emergency resolution on Kashmir at the party’s annual conference in Brighton which calls for the entry of international observers into the region.
The UK government’s official stance on Kashmir is that it remains a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
(With ANI inputs)