PM Modi snubbing Canadian PM Trudeau? Government denies allegations

Sean Reid
February 21, 2018

"We support one united India", Trudeau said. PM Modi was also absent when Mr Trudeau visited his home state of Gujarat on Monday.

Prime Minister Modi has started a trend of personally receiving visiting government heads and welcoming them with his trademark hug.

While sharing the experience about his Taj Mahal visit, Trudeau said, "I was fortunate enough to visit India as a child with my father in my childhood with bodyguards but this time I came with my kids and I tried to make them understand the kind of transformation has taken place here". The 46-year-old Prime Minister and his family also fed the elephants and interacted with Wildlife SOS founders, veterinarians and caregivers.

"In addition, he said, it was equally surprising that six cabinet ministers accompanying Trudeau had scant official engagements, except for foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, who will confer with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj ahead of the meeting between the prime ministers in New Delhi on February 23", the story continues. Being received by a minister of state is in keeping with the protocol.

Trudeau along with his family on Sunday visited Taj Mahal in Agra.

In 2016, when Amarinder Singh was the Punjab Congress chief, he had written a strongly-worded letter to the Canadian prime minister, lodging a protest on being denied permission for interaction with Punjabi NRIs in Canada in the run-up to the Punjab Assembly polls. Trudeau sported an attractive red bandhgala accompanied by a cream-coloured churidar and even a matching stole. The Canadian PM then proceeded to the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, following which he visited the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for a town hall.

Mumbai: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said that a people-to-people connection was important for the Indo-Canadian relations.

Capt Amarinder had many times, including earlier this month, stated that he believed that several members of Trudeau's cabinet were sympathetic to Sikh separatists who want to create an independent Sikh state called Khalistan - something Trudeau and the cabinet ministers themselves have all along been denying.

Sources, however, told the DH that Trudeau would also convey to Modi that while it would not allow any extremist organization to be involved in anti-India activities in Canada, its actions would not infringe upon freedom of expression that was guaranteed by law in the North American country.

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