Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the British Parliament, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak disaffected himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “doesn’t agree with the characterization” of his Indian counterpart.
Mr. Sunak made these statements on the controversial documentary raised in the British Parliament by Pakistan-origin MP Imran Hussain. “The UK government’s position on this has been clear and long-standing and hasn’t changed, of course, we don’t tolerate persecution where it appears anywhere but I am not sure I agree at all with the characterization that the honourable gentleman has put forward to,” he said while reacting to Hussain’s question on the BBC statement.
While managing a weekly briefing in New Delhi, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We think this is a propaganda piece. This has no objectivity. This is biased. Do note that this hasn’t been screened in India. We don’t want to answer more on this so that this doesn’t get much dignity.”
He even questioned “the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it.”
“The documentary is a reflection of the agency and individuals that are peddling this narrative again. It makes us wonder about the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it; frankly, we do wish to dignify these efforts,” he added.
Regarding alleged remarks by former UK Secretary Jack Straw in the documentary series, Bagchi said, “He (Jack Straw) seems to be referring to some internal UK report. How do I have access to that? It’s a 20-year-old report. Why would we jump on it now? Just because Jack says it how do they lend it that much legitimacy.”
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