The Congress on Wednesday dismissed media studies that former occasion chief Rahul Gandhi wanted “political clearance” to go to London, saying MPs don’t need any such clearance from the federal government, except they’re a part of an official delegation.
“MPs don’t need political clearance from PM or Govt, unless they are part of Official Delegation. Please don’t blindly follow the PMO WhatsApp suggestions sent to TV channels,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned in a tweet.
Surjewala additionally tagged a media report which quoted the federal government sources to say Gandhi didn’t take political clearance from the federal government to go to the UK.
Another media report additionally quoted the federal government sources and mentioned all MPs need to tell the Ministry of External Affairs three weeks earlier than any overseas journey and search political clearance, including that they need to put up particulars on the overseas ministry web site.
Reacting to studies, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera additionally tweeted that “he (Rahul Gandhi) is not a journalist who needs clearance from PMO to do his journalism”.
The Congress’ reactions to the media studies got here after Gandhi’s meeting with British Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn in London triggered a row again residence with the BJP asking him whether or not he endorsed the UK opposition chief’s “anti-India” views.
The Congress defended Gandhi’s meeting and shared photos of Corbyn with Narendra Modi to ask whether or not the Prime Minister too endorsed the “anti-India” views of the UK Labour chief and MP.
Also through the London go to, Gandhi, whereas addressing an occasion on ‘India at 75’ at Cambridge University on Monday night, alleged that there’s a “systematic attack” on the establishments that permit India to talk and because the dialog is being stamped out, the “deep state” is getting into these areas and redefining the way in which that dialog is going on within the nation.
At one other ‘Ideas for India’ occasion in London, Gandhi on Saturday had mentioned the “deep state” in India is “chewing” the Indian state very like in Pakistan, as he launched a frontal assault on the Modi authorities. The ruling BJP had hit again at Gandhi and branded him a “part-time, immature, unsuccessful leader” who betrayed the nation along with his remarks made on overseas soil.
Sources within the Lok Sabha Secretariat mentioned MPs usually are not required to hunt permission from it whereas visiting overseas in a personal capability although there was a Convention that the MPs inform whereas going overseas.
As far as ministers are involved, they’ve to hunt permission from the federal government earlier than travelling overseas.