Tearing by way of memes, wisecracks and criticism, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s on a two-day India go to, on Thursday visited a manufacturing facility of the British heavy gear maker JCB at Gujarat’s Halol industrial space close to Vadodara.
The Prime Minister’s go to to the bulldozer manufacturing facility attracted outsized consideration because it got here amid a rising controversy over razing properties and outlets by BJP-controlled governments and municipalities in a marketing campaign that the opposition and activists say has focused principally Muslims.
#WATCH UK PM Boris Johnson together with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel visits JCB manufacturing facility at Halol GIDC, Panchmahal in Gujarat
(Supply: UK Pool) pic.twitter.com/Wki9PKAsDA
— ANI (@ANI) April 21, 2022
Criticised as “tone-deaf” and “ironic”, Mr Johnson’s go to coincided with the Supreme Court renewing orders to stop the demolitions in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, days after a communal conflict. The demolitions, which came about round a mosque, focused “one specific part of society”, petitioners had mentioned.
Looks as if @BorisJohnson‘s go to is now turning more and more tone-deaf. Visiting a plant of the JCB firm whereas its bulldozers are getting used to illegally terrorise Muslims? Somebody at @UKinIndia did not do their job. Solely means Johnson can salvage this journey is by talking up. https://t.co/W42Zb72DC2
— Mohamed Zeeshan (@ZeeMohamed_) April 21, 2022
— Danish Khan (@DanishKhan80) April 21, 2022
JCB’s web site proudly notes that it’s used for development, agriculture, recycling and energy era.
In India, it’s getting used to disposess the poor and inflict collective humiliation upon Muslims.
— Alishan Jafri (@alishan_jafri) April 21, 2022
What a bulldozer of an irony! British PM @BorisJohnson will inaugurate the JCB plant in Halol that can manufacture bulldozers on a day when Supreme Court docket is taking cognisance of the constitutional limits of the administration’s use of the machine. #jahagirpuri
— sanjay kapoor (@sanjaykpr) April 21, 2022
From Gandhi’s Charkha to Modi’s JCB – Boris Johnson lined the historical past of India from 1947 to 2022, in a day. pic.twitter.com/1N0Fcku3iT
— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) April 21, 2022
Boris Johnson, in India, anticipated to go to a JCB bulldozer plant in Gujarat…on day India’s supreme courtroom hears pressing case of how authorities in two states wheeled in bulldozers (JCB logos seen) to raze properties & outlets in areas of communal clashes with out discover or due course of https://t.co/EP8WqMJeVm
— Mujib Mashal (@MujMash) April 21, 2022
Mr Johnson visited the JCB facility following a gathering with industrialist Gautam Adani in Ahmedabad earlier within the day.
In keeping with sources quoted by information company PTI, the 2 mentioned, amongst different issues, key sectors resembling vitality transition, local weather motion, aerospace and defence collaboration.
Mr Johnson landed in Gujarat earlier immediately for his two-day India go to. He obtained a grand welcome on the airport in Ahmedabad and visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram.
Mr Johnson’s go to to India will give attention to stepping up cooperation within the Indo-Pacific, driving negotiations on a Free Commerce Settlement (FTA) between the 2 nations, in addition to enhancing defence ties.
That is the primary time a UK Prime Minister is in Gujarat, India’s fifth-largest state and the ancestral house of round half of the British-Indian inhabitants within the UK.