Trade war: Trump threatening India under Modi rule, says Yechury

Trade war: Trump threatening India under Modi rule, says Yechury

Agency News

New Delhi, Jun 27 : Attacking Modi government over US President Donald Trump's demand that India should withdraw the increased tariff for US goods, (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said the country was never threatened and insulted in this manner.

"It is not about any person but the country's self-respect and the dignity of the Prime Minister's post can't be held hostage to the agenda of a ruling party and its leaders who can't stand up for India", Mr Yechury tweeted.

Earlier, Mr Trump has said that India is putting very high tariffs against the US and recently increased the tariff even further."This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn", he tweeted and added that he look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about this.

Mr Trump's tweet came a day before his bilateral meeting with Mr Modi on Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.Retaliating to the US withdrawal of preferential access to Indian products, India recently raised tariffs on 28 items exported from the US.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed these issues with the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his recent visit to India.