On EU Parliament debate India uphold Manipur as “internal matter”

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On EU Parliament debate India uphold Manipur as “internal matter”

New Delhi: In response to a scheduled debate in the European Parliament on the situation in Manipur, the Indian government has reiterated that the matter is “absolutely” internal to the country.

A motion was tabled in the Brussels-based European Union Parliament for a resolution on the situation in Manipur, criticizing the Modi government for its handling of the ongoing violence in the state.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, allaying the concerns raised by EU MPs, emphasized that the situation in Manipur is an internal matter for India.

Opposition parties have accused the government of failing to control the violence, while the government maintains that it has taken adequate measures.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh took to Twitter to highlight the lack of response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the lack of an all-party delegation visiting Manipur.

Ramesh said the situation was indeed an internal matter, but criticized the government’s inaction.
The motion for a resolution jointly tabled by six parliamentary groups in the European Union Parliament criticized the Modi government’s handling of violence and raised concerns about politically motivated policies promoting “Hindu majoritarianism”, expressed.
The resolution also called for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and urged the government to uphold UN norms on the use of force.
The resolution expressed deep concern over the erosion of religious freedom in India and called on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from inflammatory statements.
It also condemned the nationalist rhetoric deployed by leading members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In response to the ensuing debate and possible resolution, the Indian government has hired lobbying firm Alber & Geiger to deal with any diplomatic challenges that arise.

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