LS: Opp walks out demanding PM’s response to Trump remarks

LS: Opp walks out demanding PM’s response to Trump remarks

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New Delhi, Jul 23: Opposition members on Tuesday staged a walk out from Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's response over US President Donald Trump claim that Mr Modi had urged him to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

There was a huge uproar in the House when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar started making a statement on the issue and the Opposition members including Congress, AITC, DMK and others staged walk out seeking the Prime Minister's statement on the issue.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah urged Speaker Om Birla that the External Affairs Minister to read  his statement again as he could not be heard during the uproar in House. Making the statement in the House, the External Affairs Minister said, "I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by PM Modi to US President. I reiterate that it has been India's consistent position that all outstanding  issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would  require an end to cross-border terrorism."

"The Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between  India and Pakistan bilaterally," he added.During the Zero Hour, Congress MP Manish Tewari demanded the Prime Minister's statement and  insisted for a categorical clarification.Supporting him, Trinamool member Saugata Roy said President Trump's statement  is in "contravention" of the established foreign policy of the country.

T R Baalu of DMK said the country never wanted anyone to intervene on foreign policy matters and especially on Kashmir and insisted that Mr Modi should make a statement on the matter himself. Mr Birla said there are certain issues on which no member or party should try to draw any political mileage.

The issue was also raised during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha also.As the House assembled to begin day's proceedings, Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue and said India is "not a weak country" and "Hindustan kisi key saamney sar jhooka nahi sakta hae (The country cannot bow its head before US or any other country)".There was also slogan shouting seeking Prime Minister's statement.(UNI)