Wed. May 18th, 2022

Boris Johnson Slammed By UK MPs Over JCB Factory Trip During India Visit

Boris Johnson’s go to to the JCB manufacturing facility on April 21 was criticised as “tone-deaf”. AFP

New Delhi:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been slammed by two ladies MPs within the UK over his go to to a JCB manufacturing facility in Gujarat days after excavators razed houses and outlets in a number of states within the wake of communal clashes.

The MPs additionally questioned if the British Prime Minister introduced up the difficulty with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Whereas the BJP-led governments and civic our bodies have harassed that the demolitions had been carried out to take away encroachment, the Opposition and activists have accused them of concentrating on Muslims within the garb of eradicating encroachment.

Talking within the UK’s Home of Commons, Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, questioned if Prime Minister Johnson’s current go to to India had helped legitimise the demolitions carried out by the BJP-led administrations in varied states.

She pointed to Mr Johnson’s images with an excavator on a go to to the manufacturing facility of British heavy gear maker JCB close to Vadodara quickly after North Delhi Municipal Company, managed by BJP, razed houses and outlets in Jahangirpuri.

“We all know that throughout the Prime Minister’s go to, he was photographed leaning out of a digger in a JCB manufacturing facility. Simply days earlier than the BJP used JCB bulldozers to bulldoze Muslim outlets and houses and the gate of a mosque in New Delhi,” Ms Whittome mentioned.

“Did the Prime Minister increase this with (Prime Minister) Modi. If not, why not? And does the Minister settle for that the Prime Minister’s go to to India has helped legitimise the actions of Modi’s far-right authorities?”

Zarah Sultana, MP from Coventry South, additionally raised the difficulty within the UK Parliament and mentioned Mr Johnson’s go to to the JCB manufacturing facility “reveals how a lot he actually cares about human rights”.

“Boris Johnson did not problem Modi on the BJP whipping-up anti-Muslim violence throughout his journey to India. As a substitute he visited a JCB manufacturing facility the day after the corporate’s bulldozers demolished Muslim houses in Delhi,” tweeted Ms Sultana, whose household had moved from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to the UK earlier than she was born. 

Responding to each MPs, the federal government benches mentioned they condemn discrimination and lift such points when wanted.

Earlier, Mr Johnson’s go to to the JCB manufacturing facility on April 21 was criticised as “tone-deaf” and “ironic”.

The demolition in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri was carried out after clashes between two communities throughout a Hanuman Jayanti procession. The conflict adopted a number of incidents of communal pressure in varied elements of the nation on Ram Navami.

JCB is among the many largest manufactures of earth movers and excavators and over time, the time period bulldozers has come to be synonymous with JCB in India.

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