British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday indicated that he could be elevating “troublesome points” when he meets his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.
The troublesome points being referred to is more likely to embody the controversial demolition of some properties as a part of an “anti-encroachment” drive by the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Company (NDMC) within the Jahangirpuri space of north-west Delhi, days after communal clashes within the locality.
Johnson was responding to questions from the UK media throughout a go to to a brand new bulldozer manufacturing unit in Gujarat’s Halol industrial space close to Vadodara arrange by British multinational JCB.
“We at all times increase the troublesome points, in fact we do, however the reality is that India is a rustic of 1.35 billion folks and it’s democratic, it’s the world’s largest democracy,” Johnson was quoted within the ‘Guardian’ newspaper as saying in response to questions.
The manufacturing unit go to got here underneath fireplace on social media over JCB tools being concerned within the “anti-encroachment” demolitions in Delhi, which activists have claimed focused one explicit spiritual group – a difficulty being thought-about by the Supreme Courtroom.
Nevertheless, Johnson sought to focus on the brand new Halol plant as a “dwelling, respiration incarnation of the umbilicus between the UK and India”.
“This can be a world-leading manufacturing unit – 600,000 diggers a 12 months coming from India, exported from India to 110 nations with British expertise,” he stated.
The UK media additionally raised the problem of JCB chairman Anthony Bamford being a donor to Johnson’s Conservative Social gathering and whether or not the go to was motivated by that connection.
“No, he selected to go to the JCB manufacturing unit as a result of it’s a excellent illustration of UK enterprise, working with India and the Indian authorities to profit each the UK and India,” Johnson’s official spokesperson instructed the ‘Guardian’.
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