Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2023

India won’t tolerate ‘foreign influence’, says Kiren Rijiju after Germany wade into Rahul’s case

New Delhi: Hours after Germany said that it has ‘taken note’ of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that India won’t tolerate ‘foreign influence’.

But New India headed by Narendra Modi Ji will not tolerate any foreign intervention

Sharing a screenshot of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who thanked the German foreign ministry for ‘taking note of how Democracy is being compromised in India through the persecution of Rahul Gandhi’, Rijiju on Twitter ‘thanked’ Rahul Gandhi for ‘inviting’ foreign powers for interference into India’s internal matters.

“Remember, Indian Judiciary can’t be influenced by foreign interference. India won’t tolerate ‘foreign influence’ anymore because our Prime Minister is:- Shri Narendra Modi Ji,” Rijiju said in a tweet.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader’s reaction came after Digvijaya Singh tagged a tweet by Chief International Editor of Deutsche Welle Richard Walker, in which the senior journalist had posted a video of a German foreign ministry spokesperson reacting to Gandhi’s disqualification.

At a press briefing, Germany’s foreign ministry spokesperson said, “We have taken note of the verdict of first instance against Indian opposition politician Rahul Gandhi as well as the suspension of his parliamentary mandate.”

“To our knowledge, Mr Gandhi is in a position to appeal the verdict. It will then become clear whether this verdict will stand and whether the suspension of his mandate has any basis,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Germany expects that “standards of judicial independence and fundamental democratic principles” will equally apply to the proceedings against Rahul Gandhi, the spokesperson added.

A host of BJP leaders then attacked the Congress and Singh and accusing the party of “inviting foreign interference” in internal affairs.

“Disgrace to nation, INC & Rahul Gandhi don’t believe to fight India’s democratic, political and legal battle within country, hence, invite foreign powers to interfere in our internal matter,” Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur said.

“But New India headed by Narendra Modi Ji will not tolerate any foreign intervention,” he added.

Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman also slammed the Congress over Singh’s tweet.

“Apparent that INC wants foreign interference in our affairs. Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Communist Party of China with opaque contents. During interactions abroad, plead for help to change government. Thank them when help forthcoming. Any more proof needed?” she said.


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