‘Party apparatchik’: Congress calls for sacking of India’s envoy to Ireland over attack on opposition | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Congress party strongly criticised India’s ambassador to Ireland for his critical remarks aimed at the opposition party. Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh hit out at Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra, saying that attacking opposition parties openly in a manner like a “party apparatchik” was “disgraceful behaviour” and that the ambassador should be sacked.
The Indian envoy was accused of attacking opposition parties for his remarks in the “rejoinder” to The Irish Times, prompting calls for his dismissal by the Congress.
In the rejoinder, Mishra said, “Further to ‘The Irish Times’ view on the Indian election: Modi tightens his grip” (April 11th), Indian prime minister Narendra Modi enjoys unprecedented popularity and profile not only in India but globally because of his impeccable personal character and integrity and thought-leadership on innovative, inclusive governance and sustainable development.”
“…The fight against the deeply entrenched ecosystem of corruption (created by the 55-year rule, including first 30 years, by a single dynastic party in India) is a major factor behind Mr Modi’s ever-growing popularity,” the ambassador wrote.
Ramesh rebuked Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra for his comments, saying that while defending the government is expected, openly attacking opposition parties in such a manner is not appropriate for a diplomat, especially one with a career background. He called Mishra’s behavior unprofessional, disgraceful, and unacceptable, suggesting that he should be removed from his position for breaching service rules.
“Defending the Government of India is one thing and is to be expected. But to attack Opposition parties openly in thus manner like a party apparatchik is not expected from an Ambassador even if he be a political appointment”, the Congress leader said on X.
The Congress leader expressed disappointment in the ambassador’s actions, labeling them as part of a pattern exhibited by the Modi government.
Sharing the envoy’s rejoinder, the embassy said on X, “Ambassador @AkhileshIFS’s rejoinder to @IrishTimes’ highly biased & prejudiced editorial (Modi tightens his grip’ April 11, 2024), casting aspersion on Prime Minister of India, Shri @narendramodi, Indian democracy, law enforcement institutions & ‘Hindu-majority’ people of India.”

(With agency inputs)

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