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Entirely internal matter: India reacts to EU resolutions on CAA, Kashmir

Entirely internal matter: India reacts to EU resolutions on CAA, Kashmir

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Jan 2020, 01:44 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Rebuffing European Union (EU)'s six resolutions on Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the clampdown on Jammu and Kashmir, India on Monday termed the issues as completely "internal", media reports said.

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Brussels for India-EU summit in March, New Delhi suffered a diplomatic backlash with 600 of 751 members passing six resolutions concerning the "largest statelessness crisis in the world".

According to media reports, India said the steps have been taken through "due process and democratic means".

The Narendra Modi government is facing massive protests back home against the new contentious CAA which aims to grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi but not Muslim refugees who came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before 2015.

Already several states, which are not governed by the country's ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have said they will not implement the law.

After returning to power in 2019, the BJP government on Aug 5 took a historic step of abrogating Articles 370 and 35A to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's "temporary" special status.

With the passage of time, the Centre is slowly restoring normalcy in the valley though several Kashmiri politicians including former Chief Ministers- Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti- are kept in detention.

Interestingly, the EU countries were not a part of the list of envoys from 15 countries who had recently visited Jammu and Kashmir at the Indian government's invitation.

However, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said the EU countries were absent due to "number constraints".

"It is not true that the EU ambassadors do not want a guided tour. We had restrictions in number. In fact EU had welcomed the visit to Jammu and Kashmir but they wanted to go in a group which was quite big," Kumar had said.

Entirely internal matter: India reacts to EU resolutions on CAA, Kashmir

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