India Summons U.K. Envoy After British MPs Discuss its Farm Laws

India today objected to U.K. parliamentarians discussing agriculture reforms introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government by summoning London’s envoy.

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told the British High Commissioner that India opposed “the unwarranted and tendentious discussion on agricultural reforms in the British Parliament,” the South Asian country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The discussions “represented a gross interference” in its affairs and called on British MPs to “refrain from practicing vote bank politics by misrepresenting events, especially in relation to another fellow democracy,” according to the Indian statement.

India earlier also objected after pop singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke in support of the months-long protests by thousands of farmers opposing new laws introduced by the Modi government. India’s action against the U.K. comes ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss a trade pact, that was delayed after a Covid-19 outbreak in January.

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