I didn’t’ give any answer on Hamas or ban on it: Meenakhshi Lekhi

The revelation follows the presentation of a document containing Lekhi’s name, offering a response to the parliamentary inquiry concerning Hamas. The document was posted on the microblogging site, X. The question revolves around the potential declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organisation in India and whether the Israeli government had urged India to make such a designation

| Updated: 09 December, 2023 4:51 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a surprising development, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi has categorically denied signing any document related to the question on Hamas during Parliament’s Question and Answer session. Subsequently, an inquiry has been initiated to investigate the matter.

The revelation follows the presentation of a document containing Lekhi’s name, offering a response to the parliamentary inquiry concerning Hamas. The document was posted on the microblogging site, X. The question revolves around the potential declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organisation in India and whether the Israeli government had urged India to make such a designation posed by Congress MP Kumbakudi Sudhakaran from Kerala.

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However, on Saturday, Meenakshi Lekhi took to X to refute the allegations, stating, “You have been misinformed as I have not signed any paper with this question and this answer @DrSJaishankar @PMOIndia.” In a separate post, Lekhi said, “an inquiry would reveal the culprit.”

Therefore, this denial raises questions about the accuracy of the official document posted on the Ministry of External Affairs website.

On Friday, S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, addressed the Lok Sabha, expressing India’s ongoing concern about the escalating security situation resulting from the conflict between Hamas and Israel. He urged “restraint and de-escalation” while underlining the need for a peaceful resolution through “dialogue and diplomacy.”

Nonetheless, Meenakshi Lekhi did not provide a direct response when questioned about whether India intends to designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation, as requested by Israel.

“Designation of an organisation as a terrorist is covered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and declaring any organisation as terrorist is considered as per the provisions of the Act by the relevant government departments,” she stated.

For the unversed, on October 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had labelled the attack on Israel by Hamas a “terrorist attack,” expressing solidarity with Israel. This sentiment was reiterated in a subsequent phone call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

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