In the midst of the ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, Sukhbir Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and a Member of Parliament, has urged the Indian government to take prompt action to mend relations with Canada and alleviate concerns among Indian citizens residing there.
During his visit to New Delhi, Badal held discussions with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, where he emphasized the need for a speedy resolution to the current diplomatic standoff.
Expressing his concerns, Badal stated, “Given the gravity of the situation, I implore both the Indian government and the Canadian government, particularly the Indian government, to expedite a resolution. Delay will only exacerbate tensions and anxieties.”
He further stressed that recent developments between the two countries have instilled a sense of panic among the Indian diaspora living in Canada. Badal highlighted the urgency of finding a solution and urged the Indian government to take immediate steps.
“The current state of affairs between India and Canada is having a direct impact on individuals of Indian origin residing in Canada… There is a growing sense of panic among these individuals. It is imperative that the Indian government finds a resolution swiftly. I have conveyed this message to Home Minister Amit Shah,” added Badal.
Additionally, Badal cautioned that if the matter remains unresolved, it could lead to significant consequences. He specifically pointed out the concerns of Indian students in Canada who are apprehensive about visa refusals and potential disruptions to their education. The increasing sense of alarm, he warned, could result in widespread reactions.
The statement from the President of the Akali Dal comes against the backdrop of escalating tensions in India-Canada relations, triggered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations on Monday. Trudeau alleged that the Indian government was involved in the fatal shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a designated terrorist in India. Nijjar was killed on June 18 outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.
During a parliamentary debate in Canada, Trudeau suggested that “agents of the Indian government” were responsible for Nijjar’s killing, a statement that was swiftly refuted by India’s Ministry of External Affairs, which dismissed the allegations as “absurd and motivated.”
The evolving situation has raised concerns among Indian citizens in Canada and underscores the importance of swiftly resolving the diplomatic standoff to alleviate their anxieties.
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