The statements made by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the Idea for India conclave held in the United Kingdom recently, invoked the response of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar shared a video of Rahul Gandhi in which he can be heard claiming that the Indian Foreign Services have changed.
Rahul Gandhi said in the video "I was talking to some bureaucrats from Europe and they said the IFS has completely changed and won't listen to anything ' they are arrogant. Now they just tell us what orders they are getting, there is no conversation; you can't do that'.
Jaishankar expressed his agreement to Gandhi that Foreign Services in India has changed. "Yes, they follow the orders of the Government. Yes, they counter the arguments of others. No, it's not called Arrogance. It is called Confidence. And it is called defending National Interest," the EAM wrote, in what was lauded by many as a 'befitting reply'.
Addressing an 'Ideas for India' conference at Cambridge in London, Rahul Gandhi said that India is not in a 'good place' as he attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre and stressed that the opposition needs to bring "people, communities, states, and religions" together.
"India is not in a good place. BJP has spread kerosene all over the country. You need one spark & we'll be in big trouble. I think that's also the responsibility of the opposition, the Congress, to bring people, communities, states, & religions together", he stated.
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also condemned the statement made by Gandhi in the foreign land. “Rahul Gandhi goes to the seminar of Cambridge University in London and tarnishes the image of the country. It has become a habit of Rahul Gandhi and Gandhi's family that while hating Modi Ji, they have started giving statements against Mother India," the national spokesperson of the saffron party Gaurav Bhatia had said during a press briefing.
He further attacked the Congress leader for comparing the Ladakh border issue to the Ukraine crisis and said that the Gandhi scion does not know the 'power of India'.
"You can oppose BJP, it is a part of healthy politics. But if you say abusive words to our country, make baseless allegations, then not only BJP will strongly oppose it but the people of the country will also oppose it", he added.
In another controversial statement, the Congress leader compared the Ladakh situation to the Ukraine crisis and said, "The Russians tell Ukraine that we do not accept your territorial integrity. We refuse to believe that the two districts are yours, we are going to strike those two districts to ensure that you break ties with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Please see, the situation is the same in both the places."
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