He managed to hold talks with State Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who previous year refused to meet Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, accusing him of being a “Khalistani sympathizer”, a charge denied by Sajjan.
The Ministry of External Affairs, on the other hand, is trying to ascertain how a visa was issued to the Khalistani terrorist.
“I did discuss the issue with the (Indian) foreign minister and I will leave it to her to comment on her impressions of the conversation”.
“This shows incredibly poor judgment by the prime minister and is a major setback to our relationship with India and reputation around the world”, O’Toole said. Though many gurudwaras in Canada and elsewhere have ignored the ban and questioned its validity, several have enforced, sparking off serious disquiet in the Indian establishment. The car’s windows were smashed and Sidhu was shot five times, but survived the assassination attempt.
It is not only Trudeau’s dress sense that has seen him come under fire on his India tour – he has also been snubbed by Indian politicians because of his past support for Sikh separatist groups.
A statement confirming Jaspal Atwal’s invitation to Thursday’s official event had been cancelled comes less than a day after Trudeau sought to quash perceptions his administration was soft on Sikhs seeking an independent state. A student from a government school in Patan said boys and girls ate separately in her family and wanted to know the norm in the Trudeau household.
Bilateral trade between India and Canada stood at $6.05 billion in 2016.
Canada has a large Sikh community and Mr Trudeau’s cabinet includes four Sikh-Canadians. “We are in the process of looking into how this occurred”, the statement added. He was also associated with the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), which is charged with bombing the Montreal-Delhi Air India flight in 1985, which killed 329 people.
The Canada-based businessman was invited to an event in Delhi by the Canadian High Commission in India. “As soon as we found out we rescinded the invitation immediately”.
Trudeau particularly riled New Delhi a year ago when he attended a parade in Canada at which Sikh militants were feted as heroes.
“India is rightly proud of itself as being a successful, plural, diverse democracy. We are cross-checking with our mission in Canada”. We are proud saying that our diversity is our (strength).
“I’m left speechless. This speaks volumes about the kind of inroads Khalistanis have made into the Liberal Party of Canada and the echelons of power”, said Dosanjh.