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'Respect each other's concern...': PM Modi replies to Trudeau 4 days after his 'bizarre' congratulatory post

Earlier on June 6, Trudeau faced heavy criticism on social media platforms for advising PM Modi over "human rights" and the "rule of law" in a congratulatory post following his historic victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections.

Written By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 New Delhi Updated on: June 10, 2024 10:16 IST
PM Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau during G20 Summit
Image Source : AP/FILE PM Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau during G20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday responded to the congratulatory post of his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, who lectured him on "human rights and the rule of law". Although Prime Minister Modi did not reply befittingly, the time taken to respond has sent a strong message to Canada. "Thank you @CanadianPM for the congratulatory message. India looks forward to working with Canada based on mutual understanding and respect for each other's concerns," PM Moddi wrote on X.

What did Trudeau say to Modi in congratulatory post?

Earlier on June 6, Trudeau faced a brutal troll on social media platforms for advising PM Modi over "human rights" and the "rule of law". Trudeau took to 'X' to congratulate the Indian leader for securing a third consecutive term in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. However, his congratulatory message seems to have backfired. "Congratulations to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his electoral victory," he wrote on X.

Further, he emphasised Canada stood ready to work with the new government to advance the relationship between the two nations. Until this, all were okay. But before ending the message he mentioned "Canada stands ready to work with his government to advance the relationship between our nations’ peoples—anchored to human rights, diversity, and the rule of law".

How did India-Canadia relations nosedive

It is worth mentioning that the relations between India and Canada nosedived in September following Trudeau's allegations against the Indian government. Speaking at the House of Commons, Trudeau alleged that the Indian government had hired people to kill Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Notably, Nijjar was killed in June last year by unidentified people. The Indian government claimed the allegations were "baseless" but repeatedly asked the Canadian government to present proof to cement its position. However, Ottawa did not show any evidence to substantiate its claims, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.

However, the allegations triggered a diplomatic row between the two nations. India asked the Canadian side to downsize its staff from its embassy in New Delhi and briefly halted the visa operations. 

Later, underscoring the turbulent relations, Trudeau, stressed his government wanted to maintain healthy relations with New Delhi. However, he reiterated India should follow "the rule of law". He cemented his position further when the United States alleged that it foiled an assassination plot of another Khalistani leader, Gurupatwant Singh Pannun. 

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