Modi: Those challenging India’s unity cannot be tolerated

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau looks on, during their joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau looks on, during their joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that those challenging India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity cannot be tolerated. PM Modi said this after he held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PM Modi’s comment is seen as a veiled reference to the Canadian government’s soft approach towards the Khalistan issue.

Modi also asserted that there cannot be any place for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism.

“We discussed the entire gamut of bilateral partnership, and identified concrete steps to boost cooperation. We agreed to strengthen our defence cooperation,” Modi said, while noting that terrorism and extremism were threats for democratic countries such as India and Canada.

Trudeau’s pro-Khalistan approach is being criticised by many including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who raised the issue with the Canadian prime minister during a meeting earlier this week. On his part, Trudeau had assured Singh that his country does not support separatism in India or elsewhere.

On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs sought to know details as to how convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal got a visa to enter India.

A controversy erupted after Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel invited Atwal for a dinner which he was hosting for the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation tonight.

The high commission later said the invitation to Atwal was cancelled.

Meanwhile, Trudeau too tried to bury the controversy.

“Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously. The individual in question never should have received an invitation and, as soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately… The member of Parliament who included this individual has, and will, assume full responsibility for his actions,” Trudeau said on Thursday.

(With inputs from agecies)