"From Suave, Liberal Officer To...": P Chidambaram Jabs S Jaishankar

“From Suave, Liberal Officer To…”: P Chidambaram Jabs S Jaishankar

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P Chidambaram hit out at Dr S Jaishankar for his remarks on the Katchatheevu island row

New Delhi:

In a pointy response to Dr S Jaishankar’s remarks on the Katchatheevu island row, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram questioned why the international minister is “doing a somersault” on the difficulty. Mr Chidambaram additionally stated that Dr Jaishankar’s journey from being a “suave liberal international service officer” to “a mouthpiece of the RSS-BJP” can be “recorded within the annals of acrobatic sports activities”.

The counter-strike got here after Dr Jaishankar at present doubled down on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cost on the Congress over the island row.

Quoting decades-old discussions in Parliament, the minister stated the governments led by Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had been detached to the island.

The Katchatheevu island, he stated, was a “nusiance” for Nehru. It was in the course of the Indira Gandhi authorities’s tenure when India gave up fishing rights close to the island, he stated.

The matter has develop into a speaking level following a media report based mostly on an RTI reply acquired by Tamil Nadu BJP chief Okay Annamalai. Dr Jaishankar burdened that the matter has not emerged instantly, saying that it’s a “stay concern”. He additionally stated that the Congress and the DMK are approaching the matter as if they’ve duty.

The recurrent arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka is a matter that finds resonance among the many individuals. With the elections close to, the BJP needs to play up this matter because it pushes for a greater present within the southern state. The Prime Minister has accused the Congress of “callously” gifting away the island to Sri Lanka and stated the DMK had accomplished nothing to safeguard Tamil Nadu’s pursuits.

Taking to X, previously Twitter, Mr Chidambaram stated, “It’s true that Fishermen had been detained within the final 50 years. Likewise, India has detained many SL fishermen. Each authorities has negotiated with Sri Lanka and freed our fishermen. This has occurred when Mr Jaishankar was a international service officer and when he was International Secretary and when he’s International Minister.”

“What has modified for Mr Jaishankar to launch a tirade in opposition to the Congress and DMK? Weren’t fishermen detained by Sri Lanka when Mr Vajpayee was PM and BJP was in energy and in alliance with totally different political events of TN? Weren’t fishermen detained by Sri Lanka when Mr Modi was in energy since 2014?” he added.

The Congress chief stated “tit for tat is previous” and “tweet for tweet is the brand new weapon”.

“Will International Minister Mr. Jaishankar please confer with the RTI reply dated 27-1-2015. I imagine that Mr Jaishankar was the FM on 27-1-2015. The Reply justified the circumstances below which India acknowledged {that a} small island belonged to Sri Lanka. Why is the International Minister and his ministry doing a somersault now?” requested Mr Chidambaram, a Tamil Nadu chief and former Residence Minister. 

He then took a private swipe on the Exterior Affairs Minister. “How shortly can individuals change colors. From a suave liberal International Service officer to a wise International Secretary to a mouthpiece of the RSS-BJP, life and occasions of Mr Jaishankar can be recorded within the annals of acrobatic sports activities,” he stated, referring to the minister, who went from being a diplomat to becoming a member of the federal government.

Mr Chidambaram stated the pact between India and Sri Lanka helped Tamil refugees from the island come and settle in India. “Why did Indira Gandhi acknowledge that it belonged to Sri Lanka? Thousands and thousands of Tamils, as many as 6 lakh Tamils, had been struggling in Sri Lanka. They needed to come to India as refugees and settle right here. Because of this settlement, 6 lakh Tamils got here to India. They’ve lived on this nation for the final 50 years, their households are right here. They take pleasure in freedom,” he stated.

The DMK, too, has hit out on the BJP over the difficulty. DMK’s A Saravanan stated the Exterior Affairs Minister has stated nothing new. “The query is why the BJP is raking up this concern now. As a result of they’re scared, they know they’re going to lose this election and in Tamil Nadu, they’re dealing with a rout. The Prime Minister can not reply the query, why no flood reduction for Tamil Nadu. He’s now mentioning false bogeys,” he stated.

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