Canada interfering in our internal affairs, says India

New Delhi: The Indian external affairs ministry Thursday said it was Canada which has been interfering in India’s internal affairs and this issue was regularly raised with the Canadian side.

India on Thursday categorically denied the allegation leveled by Canadian agencies of ‘interference’ and marked India as a ‘foreign interference threat’ that could potentially interfere in Canadian elections.

MEA Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said, ” We have seen media reports, Canadian Commission inquiring into foreign interferences…we strongly reject such baseless allegations of Indian interference in Canadian elections, it is not govt of India’s policy to interfere in the democratic process of other countries, in fact, quite on the reverse it is Canada, who has been interfering in our internal affairs. We have been raising this issue regularly with them, we continue to call on Canada to take effective measures to address our core concerns”.

According to Canadian media reports, Canada’s federal commission of inquiry into foreign interference is looking to examine allegations of meddling by India in the last two general elections. New Delhi rejected Canada’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated” and accused Canada of giving space to Khalistani extremists targeting India. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.

India has been asserting that its “core issue” with Canada remained that of the space given to separatists, terrorists and anti-India elements in that country.

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