NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi tweeted today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “must tell the nation what transpired” in his meeting with Donald Trump, joining the opposition chorus after US president claimed that PM Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir.
“President Trump says PM Modi asked him to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir! If true, PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests & 1972 Shimla Agreement. A weak Foreign Ministry denial won’t do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him and (Trump),” tweeted Rahul Gandhi, who resigned as Congress president last month.
Rahul Gandhi has been away from parliament, where the Congress today demanded PM Modi’s clarification on Trumps claim.
On Monday, with Imran Khan by his side, President Trump said from the Oval Office: “I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about the subject. And he actually said, ‘would you like to be a mediator, or arbitrator’, and I said ‘where?’, and he said ‘Kashmir’.”
“I think they would like to see it resolved. I think you would like to see it resolved and if I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” the US President said.
India has strongly rejected Trump’s claim.
“I would like to put it on record that no such request (on Kashmir) was made by the prime minister to the president of the United States. All issues with Pakistan has and will remain bilateral between India and Pakistan,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement in both houses.
“I would like to reiterate that all engagements with Pakistan will remain only bilateral. I would also like to reiterate that bilateral dialogue is only possible when Pakistan ends cross-border terrorism. The Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration lay the path for any talks on the said issue,” he added.
Several Congress leaders tweeted since morning demanding PM Modi’s statement in parliament on Trump’s stunning claim, which runs completely contrary to India’s stand that Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Pakistan that needs no third-party mediation.