Jaishankar slams Opposition’s ‘partisan politics’ for parliament impasse

External affairs minister Dr Jaishankar’s speech in parliament was marred by Opposition I.N.D.I.A.’s sloganeering

NEW DELHI | Updated: 29 July, 2023 12:32 pm IST
External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has criticized I.N.D.I.A alliance for disrupting parliament

NEW DELHI: Irked over continuous parliament disruptions, external affairs minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday criticized opposition I.N.D.I.A. for prioritizing “partisan politics” over national progress.

Lawmakers linked to I.N.D.I.A. – a coalition of 26 political parties – have stalled the ongoing monsoon session of parliament demanding a debate on the Manipur riots which, they say, should start with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement.

On Saturday, opposition members continued sloganeering even as EAM Jaishankar briefed the parliament about “crucial developments” in foreign policy.

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“Partisan politics seemed to take precedence over national progress,” he said in a video statement.

Highlighting the significance of discussing these matters in the public domain, Jaishankar shed light on how key dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, President, Vice-President, and members of the ministry, have engaged in various diplomatic visits to several nations. “These engagements have contributed to positioning India favorably in an unpredictable and volatile global landscape,” he said.

“In the last few months, we have witnessed several high-level diplomatic engagements involving the President, Vice President, and Prime Minister, both within India and abroad. As ministers in the foreign ministry, we have also traveled to numerous nations and hosted esteemed foreign colleagues in India. Through these collective efforts, we have effectively advanced our national objectives and interests amidst a volatile and uncertain world,” stated Jaishankar.

During his speech in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, disruptions and adjournment of proceedings occurred, with NDA MPs chanting “Modi Modi” and the opposition countering with “INDIA INDIA” sloganeers.

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The minister said that the foreign visits demonstrated India’s readiness to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with friendly nations, noting the growing interest among partners and business leaders to participate in India’s growth story and collaborate in development initiatives.

He also highlighted India’s development partnership portfolio, which currently extends to 78 countries. These projects stand out for being demand-driven, transparent, empowerment-oriented, environmentally friendly, and grounded in a consultative approach.

Dr Jaishankar emphasized India’s leading role in promoting digital public infrastructure and sharing best practices in digital governance, especially in the Global South. Additionally, India has become a first responder to disaster situations, providing relief and assistance to those in distress across various regions worldwide.

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