Post Diplomat’s arrest in US, Parliament turns sensitive
In a reaction to the United States over the arrest of the Indian diplomat in New York and the treatment given during her arrest, the Indian parliament today outraged against the US
Where opposition leader Arun Jaitley called it for a review of India’s foreign policy, commerce minister Anand Sharma described it as a “national outrage” and said that the government had taken a stern view of it who also promised an official statement to the parliament.
According to the agencies, Jaitley voiced that it was a time for India to insist on being treated like equals. He said, “If we conduct foreign policy in a manner that we are taken for granted, then these incidents will be repeated.”
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati said that the government should take up the case seriously as the diplomat was a Dalit and she also accused the New Delhi for late reply into the matter.
Sitaram Yechury, Communist party leader said that such incidents had also happened earlier when NDA and UPA governments were in power when senior leaders had to face such treatment. He also said that that could not be accepted by any sovereign nation.
TMC member Derek O’Brien attacked the US and said, “We live in a global village but we don’t need self-appointed global village headman. It is time now to codify all privileges India provides to US diplomats and the privileges our diplomats receive in the US,” he said.
DMK and Samajwadi party members showed their concerns and expected a strong message from the centre into the matter.
Addressing the house, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, ” We strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat in New York.”
Voicing his concern over the offensive tactics led by the government, he said, “India is not over-reacting to US treatment to its diplomat. There was a conspiracy in which the Deputy Consul General was virtually trapped into,” he said.
Khurshid stated the government’s stand and said, “Government is determined; will intervene effectively and specifically to ensure that dignity of the diplomat is preserved.”
The External Affairs Minister also said the the diplomat was innocent and there was no need to take such an action against her. He further said that the government condemned the treatment given to the diplomat in New York.
Khurshid asserted Rajya Sabha and said, “We will bring back the woman diplomat arrested in New York and restore her dignity; it is my responsibility, ” he said.
The demand was raised to have a discussion over the issue as soon as the upper house met.