SOURCE: TIMES NOW
Extending support to the protesting farmers in India, British Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi on Wednesday asked UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clarify his stand on the ongoing agitation and to raise the issue with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, during his visit to India next month.
“Given agreement and protocols for Boris Johnson’s January India trip are finalised, he will soon receive cross-party MPs letter, asking him to clarify his understanding of the India #FarmersProtest and to raise with the Indian PM hopes of a speedy resolution to this huge issue,” the British MP said in a tweet.
Dhesi, who is among the five Punjabi-origin MPs in the UK’s House of Commons, further said that everybody must have the fundamental right to engage in a peaceful protest in their struggle to seek justice.
“Those protesting peacefully out in India, let me reassure you that many people are concern about your safety and well-being and we are hoping that very soon you’ll be returning home after the resolution to current deadlock,” he said in a video message.
Farmers urge British MPs to stop UK PM’s India visit
Dhesi’s tweet came a day after protesting farmers said that they have decided to write to Punjabi-origin British MPs asking them to exert pressure on the UK PM to cancel his scheduled visit to India until their demands are not met by the Indian government.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at various border points of Delhi for over three weeks now, insisting on the repeal of the Centre’s three laws.
The Centre has, so far, held five rounds of formal talks with 40 farmer unions to resolve the issue over three contentious farm laws but failed to break the impasse.
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Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his British counterpart to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in January 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was on a four-day visit to India last week, announced that the UK Prime Minister has accepted India’s invitation. India hailed the decision and said the presence of the UK PM as the chief guest at Republic Day 2021 would be in a way “symbolic of a new era and a new phase of our relationship”.