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Indian MPs slam ill-treatment of diplomat
Publication Date : 19-12-2013
Angered over the treatment meted out to India’s deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade in New York, members cutting across party lines in both Houses of Parliament demanded strong action by the government and an apology from the USA, saying it was a matter of the nation’s “self-respect”.
The government also came under attack, with opposition parties alleging that it was not doing enough.
In the Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue and demanded that the House should pass a resolution condemning the USA, citing the earlier cases of humiliating treatment meted to his party colleague Azam Khan, Union ministers Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel besides former President A P J Abdul Kalam and former Defence Minister George Fernandes there.
Leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj said even former Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar had to face insult.
In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley described the arrest and the way it was done as a matter of “grave concern” and said there was a need to introspect on India's foreign policy.
BSP supremo Mayawati alleged procrastination on the part of the government in dealing with the matter because the diplomat belonged to the Scheduled Caste community.
Derek O'Brien (TMC) said the USA should stop pretending to be the self-appointed Lokpal of the world.
He also demanded that the government “codify all privileges” India gives to US diplomats. Trinamul leaders also wondered whether there is any major ‘gap' between the privileges that India gives to US diplomats and the privileges that Indian diplomats get in the USA.